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HS Prannoy storms into Indonesia Open 2022 semi-final after outclassing Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke & More Breaking News Headlines Today




India’s Thomas Cup hero HS Prannoy continued his fine run in Jakarta as the World No. 23 reached the semi-final of the Indonesia Open Super 1000 tournament on Friday, June 17. Prannoy outclassed Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke in straight games to book his place in the last 4 of the prestigious tournament at the Istora.

HS Prannoy did not trail World No. 13 Rasmus Gemke even once during the 40-minute contest as he outclassed the Danish opponent 21-14-21-12. After comfortably, taking the opening game, Prannoy allowed Gemke to keep close as the Denmark shuttler was trying his best to force a decider. However, the Indian star found another gear as he won 7 straight points to wrap up the game.

Prannoy mixed it up wonderfully well as he was assured at the net while picking and choosing his spots wonderfully well in the one-sided contest against Gemke.

Notably, Prannoy defeated Gemke in a thrilling Thomas Cup singles tie in their semi-final against Denmark as he recovered from a game down to win the hour and 13-minute battle. The Kerala-born shuttler was integral to India’s historic Thomas Cup triumph.

Prannoy, who is bidding to end a nearly 5-year wait for a title on the tour, will face China’s Zhao Jun Peng in the semi-final of the Indonesia Open 2022 on Saturday in Jakarta.

In the other semi-final, reigning Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen will face Malaysia’s in-form Lee Zii Jia. While Axelsen overcame Anthony Ginting, the local favorite, in a three-game battle, Lee outclassed Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in the quarter-final tie.

Notably, Prannoy is the only Indian remaining in the draw of Indonesia Open as the big names, including PV Sinddhu and Kidambi Srikanth, crashed out early. In-form Lakshya Sen was ousted in the opening round by Prannoy.