BWF World Championships: HS Prannoy nets the big fish Lin Dan
Indian beats Chinese legend Lin Dan 21-11, 13-21, 21-7 in the 2d spherical of the world championships.
American Mathew Fogarty was on the World Championship courts at Basel for 23 minutes on Monday playing a combined doubles fit at age 62, so one can in no way genuinely tell when it ends.
But given the subsequent Worlds will be in 2021, it can be speculated that HS Prannoy would possibly simply have given 35-year-old Lin Dan’s fans the final glimpses of the most legendary sport at a World Championship. The unseeded Indian dream-crusher received 21-11, 13-21, 21-7 in a 62-minute Round 2 game at St Jakobshalle to purpose the largest upset of the day.
That this qualifies as a terrific upset may want to suggest that possibly the cease isn’t nigh. Lin Dan gained a title in Malaysia simply the different week, he’s ranked World No.17 which is greater than both Indians who advanced to Round 3 Also, he’s nonetheless China’s No three after Shi Yuqi and Chen Long, and who however Indians will be aware how he ended K Srikanth’s run at Rio in the quarters. Super Dan was once also a silver medallist at Glasgow Worlds in 2017 and an All England finalist in 2018.
His decrease left arm – which dumped a shuttle into the internet on the final point on Tuesday from a push in useless giving Prannoy the win – has a still-unfaded tattoo of 5 World titles stars beneath the stark biceps and his autobiography Until the End of the World dwells lengthy on dealing with adversity and pouncing on one extra chance.
So, fading gently into the night wasn’t the kind of opponent HS Prannoy was going to meet, after a stiff opener on Monday. And the defiance got here quickly enough, after a near-perfect opening set where Prannoy pushed the southpaw physically and metaphorically to his backhand lengthy court, scoring smartly.