The 29-year-old Prannoy was the lone Indian shuttler left in the BWF Super 1000 event after most of the shuttlers, including top names like PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth were out early.
Though the match started with some lucrative rallies, world No. 23 Prannoy in the World Badminton Rankings lost the plot as the Chinese shuttler, who was 12 places below him, managed to negate the Indian’s strong net game early on. . By the time Prannoy was able to gain a foothold in the competition, Junpeng had already taken the lead and went on to finish the first game comfortably.
In the second game, the Indian did much better to keep pace with his Chinese counterpart. But with a score of 7–7, Zhao Junpeng broke free and took the lead by winning the next five points.
Prannoy, who had defeated Lakshya Sen and Rasmus Gamke in the semi-finals, was always playing catch-up from there as Junpeng finished the match in 40 minutes while the Indian shuttler made the last stand with three match points saved. ,
This was the first one-on-one match between the two players.
Junpeng, who defeated Hong Kong shuttler Cheuk Yiu Lee in the final-eight, will take on defending Olympic champion and world number one Viktor Axelsen in the final. This will be Junpeng’s first men’s singles summit clash on the BWF Tour.
Axelsen defeated Malaysia’s Lee Zi Jia, a former All-England champion, 19-21, 21-11, 23-21 in the second semi-final.
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