Jakarata, July 3: HS Prannoy stunned the legendary Lin Dan of China while compatriot Sameer Verma pipped Rasmus Gemke of Denmark to advance to the second round of the Indonesia Open badminton event on Tuesday (July 3).
World No 13 Prannoy started off well against eighth-ranked Lin Dan, winning the first game 21-15. However, the Chinese shuttler came back strong to win the second 21-9 and level the match.
Prannoy then dug deep into his reservoir to see off the iconic shuttler 21-14 at the USD 1,250,000 event. Prannoy had also got the better of Lin Dan at the 2015 French Open.
In the men's singles second round, Prannoy will face Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei, who moved past B Sai Praneeth 21-10, 21-13 in 34 minutes a short while later. This was World No.15 Wang's third win in as many meetings against the Indian World No 20.
Breaking News: Prannoy pulls off a major coup as he knocks OUT 2 times Olympic Gold medalist & 5 times World Championships Gold Medalist Lin Dan 21-15, 9-21, 21-14 to move into Pre-QF.— India@Sports (@India_AllSports) July 3, 2018
Wow factor: Its 2nd consecutive time Prannoy has beaten the legend #IndonesiaOpenSuper1000 pic.twitter.com/Wkto5tdMGV
However, Prannoy and Wang have a 2-2 record against each other but significantly the Indian won their only meeting this year in April at the Badminton Asia Championships.
In other matches, Verma scraped past Gemke 21-9, 12-21, 22-20 in a match lasting little over an hour.
However, it was curtains for women's doubles pair of Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram, who went down to the Indonesian pair of Agatha Imanuela and Siti Fadia Silva Ramadhanti 11-21, 18-21.
Other Indians in the fray, Sai Praneeth and Saina Nehwal, are scheduled to play later in the day.