Indonesia Open: Prannoy, Srikanth enter men's singles quarter-finals

HS Prannoy knocks out top seed Lee Chong Wei in second round of Indonesia Superseries

By Mathilde Liliana Perada, Badzine Correspondent live in Jakarta.

In the second game, Prannoy once again held a 10-6 lead, which was quickly erased by Lee, who had a 13-12 advantage for a brief time. Prannoy won three crucial points here to move to 20-17 before wrapping up the match at 21-18.

"I, of course, can not win all tournaments".

"Credit to Prannoy for putting up a good show. This victory is wonderful", said Jindapol.

"Chong Wei must treat every match seriously and focus really hard", added Hendrawan.

The opening game was fought tooth and nail by both the players as they moved neck and neck till 10-10. Son lost focus and Zhao easily took advantage of the opportunity to win 22-20. If Srikanth comes up with a display as he did against Jorgensen, the Indian shuttler should have it easy. Chong Wei was bidding to become the first man to win seven titles at the World Superseries Premier event - a feat that would have seen him go past Ardy Wiranata and Taufik Hidayat's record of six crowns each. The day belonged to Prannoy, though.

Defending champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia failed to seize his seventh title of Indonesia Open badminton super series, losing 21-10, 21-18 to the non-seeded Indian player Prannoy Haseena Sunil here on Thursday.

"Tough match, but happy to be on the winning side", said Srikanth after the match. "I think being aggressive helped me today".

Other bad results were also marked by the 2014 Indonesia Open men's singles champion Jan Ø Jorgensen. In the end, Jorgensen couldn't bridge the gap even as Srikanth celebrated.

Srikanth appeared to attack from the beginning and managed to win the first game with 21-15. This could have ended in straight games but Jorgensen pushed to the decider. From there, the players exchanged points at regular intervals but the Indian was 11-8 ahead at the break.

In the third game, Jorgensen's knee injury made him unable to move freely on court. But issues with his feet had affected the shuttler many times.

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