With Prannoy's exit, Kidambi Srikanth remains the last Indian standing at this tournament. He will seek a semi-final berth tomorrow when he takes on Marc Zwiebler of Germany.
It clearly shows that he does need a few more matches to reach top level after coming back from injury. It is only a matter of time and he is definitely going in the right direction.
Prannoy could not force a decider but he can surely take a lot of heart from his superb fight especially in the second game.
FINAL SCORE: 21-16, 21-19 in favour of Viktor Axelsen
And it all ends here for Prannoy as the second seed wins the game 21-19
Axelsen now has a match point much to Prannoy's dismay
....before of course Axelsen grabs a point to even the scoreline 19-19
And he even leads 19-18
Just like before, he comes back in spectacular fashion to once more level matters at 18-18
One should not count out Prannoy too. After all, he has been World No. 12 in the past.
Looks like the glimmer of hope that Prannoy had, is gone now. Axelsen clearly wanting to end it here - 18-15
Now the points are faster and the Dane back in the lead - 17-15
Finally Axelsen stops the Prannoy charge to make it 15-15
And he even leads 15-14
Guess what! Prannoy has levelled at 14-14!
This is indeed getting more exciting!
And he has closed in to make it 13-14
Prannoy always has to play catch up as Axelsen is the aggressor here.
Axelsen has a 3-point lead now, 13-10
The pattern is similar as the earlier game. Long rallies are becoming more common now.
Prannoy reducing the gap, now it is 9-11
It's now or never for Prannoy! Can he show some magic?
Prannoy is just a mere spectator as the Dane is now ahead 11-7 at the break.
Once more the Dane inching ahead after a slow start.
Prannoy won't make it easy for him. 7-7