Srikanth, Prannoy progress into Indonesia Open quarters

It is the first time this year that Chong Wei, the world No. 3, has failed to clear the early rounds of an Open tournament.

In a stunning performance, HS Prannoy emerged victorious after taking down World No.

Datuk Lee Chong Wei suffered a shock defeat at the hands of HS Prannoy in the second round of the Indonesian Open today.

It took 40 minutes for Prannoy, who is seeded at 25th position to stun the Olympic silver medallist from Malaysia 21-10, 21-18.

K srikanth also dug deep into his reservoir to notch up a stunning 21-15 20-22 21-16 victory over fourth seed Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen to join Prannoy in the quarterfinals in the United States dollars 1,000,000 tournament. "Tough match today but happy to be on the winning side", said Srikanth after the match. However, Prannoy edged out Lee and won the second game in 26 minutes.

Prannoy will next face Olympic champion Chen Long of China, while Srikanth will meet the victor of the match between Chinese Taipei's Tzu Wei Wang and Hong Kong's Ng Ka Long Angus.

In the other men's singles match, Kidambi Srikanth defeated fourth seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark to advance.

The 24-year-old will now face Olympic champion Chen Long of China in the quarters.

During their last meeting at Rio 2016, the 24-year-old had beaten his opponent in straight sets but it proved more hard for him this time.

The opening game was fought tooth and nail by both the players as they moved neck and neck till 10-10. Jorgensen then won two straight points to go up 9-7 before world No. 14 Srikanth fought back to make it 9-9, the Indian leading 11-10 at the changeover. In the decider, Srikanth played to his strength and displayed some brilliant shots to prevail over his opponent.

  • Leroy Wright