COPENHAGEN: Indian shuttler H S Prannoy stormed into the semi-final of the ongoing Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships after defeating World No 2 Viktor Axelsen at Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
With this win, World No. 7 Prannoy assured a bronze medal for India by beating the home favourite Axelsen in three games 21-13, 15-21, 16-21. Prannoy has earned the 14th medal for India in the BWF World Championships.
Prannoy on Thursday cruised into the quarterfinals in a 69-minute marathon encounter in the round of 16 against Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew, the world No 7 and champion for 2021, 21-18, 15-21, 21-19.
The Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out in the quarterfinals on Friday. The World No. 2 pair Satwiksairaj-Chirag lost in straight games 21-18, 21-19 against World No. 11 Danish opponents Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.
Prannoy is the only challenge left for India in the tournament. (ANI)