Swiss Open: SH Prannoy crashes out in quarters

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    PTI | Basel

    March 18, 2017 | 03:49 PM

SH Prannoy (Photo: Facebook)

The mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy also suffered a 19-21 17-21 loss.

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It was curtains for India at the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold after defending champion H S Prannoy was knocked out of the men's singles competition following a straight-game loss to China's Shi Yuqi in the quarterfinals of the $120,000 event here.

Fifth seed Prannoy, who had beaten Yuqi at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in 2016, failed to produce his best game and went down 19-21 11-21 to the second seeded Chinese, who had reached the finals at All England last week.

Earlier, fourth seeded Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy also had suffered a 19-21 17-21 loss to fifth seeded Chinese duo of Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui.

The 21-year-old Yuqi, who had beaten Prannoy at the Indonesian Masters 2015, opened a slender 11-9 lead at the break of the opening game. The Indian then surged to a 18-13 advantage only to let the Chinese claw his way back to pocket the first game.

In the second game, Yuqi was more dominant as he broke off at 7-7 to distance himself from the Indian and eventually seal his place in the semifinals without much ado.