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HS Prannoy vs Viktor Axelsen Japan Open Second Round Live Updates Online

Updated: 22 September 2016 14:20 IST - Published: 22 September 2016 13:04 IST
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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.

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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.

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Prannoy could not force a decider but he can surely take a lot of heart from his superb fight especially in the second game.

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FINAL SCORE: 21-16, 21-19 in favour of Viktor Axelsen

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And it all ends here for Prannoy as the second seed wins the game 21-19

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Axelsen now has a match point much to Prannoy's dismay

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....before of course Axelsen grabs a point to even the scoreline 19-19

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And he even leads 19-18

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Just like before, he comes back in spectacular fashion to once more level matters at 18-18

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One should not count out Prannoy too. After all, he has been World No. 12 in the past.

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Looks like the glimmer of hope that Prannoy had, is gone now. Axelsen clearly wanting to end it here - 18-15

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Now the points are faster and the Dane back in the lead - 17-15

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Finally Axelsen stops the Prannoy charge to make it 15-15

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And he even leads 15-14

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Guess what! Prannoy has levelled at 14-14!

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This is indeed getting more exciting!

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And he has closed in to make it 13-14

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Prannoy always has to play catch up as Axelsen is the aggressor here. 

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Axelsen has a 3-point lead now, 13-10

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The pattern is similar as the earlier game. Long rallies are becoming more common now.

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Prannoy reducing the gap, now it is 9-11

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It's now or never for Prannoy! Can he show some magic?

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Prannoy is just a mere spectator as the Dane is now ahead 11-7 at the break.

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Once more the Dane inching ahead after a slow start.

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Prannoy won't make it easy for him. 7-7

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