Hailing from Thiruvananthapuram, HS Prannoy is one of India's top shuttlers in men's singles. After rising through the ranks in junior and national level, Prannoy took a leap into international circuit. His defining moment came in 2010 when he won the silver medal in Boys' singles at Summer Youth Olympics. From there, it has been a steady rise for him. The next big achievement was, of course, another silver in 2011, this time at the Bahrain International Challenge. However, injuries hindered his progress. He was struggling for form and a bit of a barren spell followed.
In 2013, Prannoy reached the final of the Tata Open International Challenge. However not fully fit, he lost to fellow compatriot Sourabh Verma in the final.
In 2014, he was gradually getting back on song. He claimed two All India Senior National Ranking Championships and even made it to the semi-finals of the India Open Grand Prix, the Bitburger Open Grand Prix, the Macau Open Grand Prix and the Sri Lanka Open International Badminton Challenge.
He then went on to reach the final of the Vietnam Open Grand Prix where he lost to number one seed Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia. In the very next tournament, the Indonesia Open Grand Prix, Prannoy did one better, by winning the title after beating local favourite Firman Abdul Kholik of Indonesia in straight sets.
Since then, HS, as he is fondly called in the badminton circuit, has been consistent in his international performances and a challenger for titles. However, the results haven't always gone as planned and the big prize has eluded him frequently.
Prannoy started off 2015 on a positive note when he reached the semifinals of the 2015 India Open Grand Prix. His biggest win of the year, though, came in the pre-quarters of 2015 India Super Series when he beat an in form world number 2 Jan Ø. Jørgensen. 2016 saw him performing well here and there, most notably he won the Swiss Open.
But it was not until 2017, that he really made a mark. 2017 was a landmark year in Prannoy's career. Participating in six Super series tournaments managed to reach the at least the 4th round on an average. He won the US Open title, defeatingParupalli Kashyap in the final.