Indian commuter HS Prannoy has made another semi-final at the Indonesia Open Super 1000 badminton tournament after losing in consecutive matches to China’s Zhao Jun Peng in Jakarta on Saturday. World No. 23 Prannoy couldn’t find his rhythm and lacked precision and control to lose 16-21 15-21 to two-time World Junior Championships bronze medalist Jun Peng in a final 40 minute match. It was their first meeting in international badminton. Playing in his second semi-final at the Indonesia Open, Prannoy, who turns 30 next month, fell behind early on because he couldn’t keep pace with his opponent in the rallies.
The left-handed Chinese put a lot of power into his smashes and his shots also caught Prannoy off guard as he entered the first interval down 6-11 after two unforced errors.
The Indian looked a bit nervous as his net game wasn’t as polished and he also lacked his trademark control on the shuttle.
As a result, the Chinese held their five-point lead to 14-9.
Prannoy briefly looked to dictate the pace of the rallies and cut the deficit to 14-16 with the help of a few good shots.
But the Indian let the momentum slip away as another wide shot and long comeback took the Chinese to 19-15 and he grabbed five game points with a cross smash.
Prannoy saved one but Jun Peng sealed it in the second chance for bragging rights.
After the change of sides, Prannoy started to build the rallies better and showed his bag of tricks to lead 6-4. However, the joy was short-lived as the Indian missed quite a few chances.
He missed his shots that ended up going wide or on the net, couldn’t match his rival in flat exchanges and his weak returns were also punished by Jun Peng, who quickly turned the tables and entered in the half-match interval with a four-point lead. .
The Chinese looked in complete control after the break even as Prannoy struggled with his control, sending the shuttle to the net on several occasions.
Soon, Jun Peng was leading 17-9 after the Indian lost a video reference. A quick exchange of flats ended in the Chinese’s shuttlecock, who committed another unforced error to give Prannoy a glimmer of hope.
But another wide return gave the Chinese eight match points. Prannoy saved three before Jun Peng produced a precise smash into the back corner of his rival’s forehand to make his first final of a World Tour event.
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