Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar (born 17 July 1992), also known as Prannoy H. S., is an Indian badminton player and currently trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. Kumar originally hails from Thiruvananthapuram and is the Indian number 2 (as of 2 April 2015) in badminton He studied at Kendriya Vidyalaya Akkulam.
|Birth name||Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar|
|Born||17 July 1992|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
|Highest ranking||8 (3 May 2018)|
|Current ranking||27 (18 February 2020)|
Kumar came to prominence after winning the silver medal in Boys' singles at 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. He didn't stop there and followed it up with another silver, this time at the Bahrain International Challenge, 2011. Struggling for form and injuries a bit of a barren spell followed Kumar following these achievements.
In 2014, he claimed two All India Senior National Ranking Championships: Manorama Indian Open All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament, Kerala and the V.V.Natu Memorial All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament, Pune. However it was his exploits at the international circuit that caught everyone's attention. He was a semi-finalist at the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold, Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold,2014 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold and the Sri Lanka Open International Badminton Challenge in Colombo
Kumar surprised one and all by reaching the final of the 2014 Vietnam Open Grand Prix where he lost to number one seed and tournament favourite Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia. In the very next tournament, the Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold Kumar went one better, this time beating local favourite Firman Abdul Kholik of Indonesia in straight sets. Kumar managed to end the year as the third highest ranked Indian at 21.
Kumar started off the year on a good note reaching the semifinals of the 2015 India Open Grand Prix Gold. He put up a spirited performance in the Semi's before bowing out to India's Srikanth Kidambi in 3 sets. Kumar's greatest victory came in the Pre-Quarters of 2015 India Super Series when he beat an in form world number 2 Jan Ø. Jørgensen in 3 sets. This was probably his best performance so far earning him a lot of praise from all quarters. Kumar played his heart out in the Quarter Finals too but ultimately Viktor Axelsen proved to be too good for him.
Kumar started 2016 on a good note by beating the German ace Marc Zwiebler in the finals of the Swiss Open Grand Prix gold by 21-18,21-15
Kumar plays for the Mumbai Rockets franchise in the 2017 season of the Premier Badminton League. In Indonesian Open in 2017 he defeated Lee Chong Wei, reigning Olympic Silver medalist and Chen Long reigning Olympic Champion in consecutive matches. At US Open 2017, he defeated Vietnamese Tien Minh Nguyen to reach the finals against Parupalli Kashyap.
|2018||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China||Chen Long||16–21, 18–21||Bronze|
South Asian GamesEdit
|2016||Multipurpose Hall SAI–SAG Centre, Shillong, India||Srikanth Kidambi||21–11, 14–21, 6–21||Silver|
Youth Olympic GamesEdit
|2010||Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore||Pisit Poodchalat||15–21, 16–21||Silver|
BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|2010||Domo del Code Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico||Kang Ji-Wook||13–21, 9–21||Bronze|
BWF Grand Prix (3 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
|2017||U.S. Open||Kashyap Parupalli||21–15, 20–22, 21–12||Winner|
|2016||Swiss Open||Marc Zwiebler||21–18, 21–15||Winner|
|2014||Indonesian Masters||Firman Abdul Kholik||21–11, 22–20||Winner|
|2014||Vietnam Open||Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka||21–18, 15–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
BWF International Challenge/Series (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit
|2014||Tata Open India International||R. M. V. Gurusaidutt||21–16, 20–22, 21–17||Winner|
|2013||Tata Open India International||Sourabh Varma||12–21, 17–21||Runner-up|
|2011||Bahrain International||Sourabh Varma||23–25, 12–21||Runner-up|
Record against selected opponentsEdit
Includes results against Olympic quarterfinals, Worlds semifinalists, and Super Series finalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.
- Srikanth Kidambi 1–3
- Ajay Jayaram 3–1
- R. M. V. Gurusaidutt 2–0
- Parupalli Kashyap 1–1
- Lee Chong Wei 2 - 2
- Liew Daren 3–0
- Jan Ø. Jørgensen 3 - 0
- Viktor Axelsen 0 - 4
- Son Wan-ho 1 - 3
- Lee Hyun-il 1–2
- Kento Momota 0-4
- Takuma Ueda 0–1
- Sony Dwi Kuncoro 2–0
- Taufik Hidayat 1–0
- Chen Long 1 -3
- Lin Dan 2 - 3
- Boonsak Ponsana 2–0
- Marc Zwiebler 1 - 1
- Chou Tien-Chen 1 - 3
- Nguyen Tien Minh 1-1
- "BWF World Rankings: Men's Singles". bwfbadminton.org. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
- Prannoy training at the Gopichand Academy
- Badminton India Rankings
- "Manorama Sports Star 2017: Prannoy's giant-killing acts". Manorama Online. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
- Savaliya, Gautam. "Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar Singapore Youth olympics 2010". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- Bahrain International Challenge
- Manorama Indian Open 2014
- V.V.Natu Memorial All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament
- Indian Grand Prix Gold, 2014
- Bitburger Badminton Open
- Sri Lanka Open International Badminton Challenge, 2014
- Vietnam Open, 2014
- Indonesian Masters, 2014
- Tournaments of HS Prannoy