Malaysia Open: HS Prannoy stuns Lakshya Sen in thrilling opener, Sindhu loses


In-form HS Prannoy continued his sensational run as he outwitted compatriot Lakshya Sen in a pulsating three-game thriller in the Malaysia Open Super 1000 badminton tournament here on Wednesday.

After zooming all the way to world number 8 in 2022, Prannoy lived up to his new status of being India’s best ranked men’s singles player with a come-from-behind 22-24, 21-12, 21-18 victory over Sen, ranked 10th, in an edgy opening round contest that went for little over an hour.

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Meanwhile, double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu faltered on her return to action after a long injury lay-off. Sindhu, who was playing her first match since she sustained a stress fracture on her left ankle en route her Commonwealth Games gold in August, lost 12-21, 10-21, 15-21 to Rio Olympics champion Carolina Marin of Spain in 59 minutes.

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