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Pranaav Jerry Chopra (born 6 September 1992) is an Indian badminton player. He joined the India national badminton team in 2007.[1] In the year 2018, at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Queensland, he won the gold medal in mixed team as being a member of the Indian mixed team.[2]

Pranaav Chopra
Personal information
Nickname(s)Jerry
Birth namePranaav Jerry Chopra
Country India
Born (1992-09-06) 6 September 1992 (age 26)
Mullanpur Dakha, Ludhiana, India
ResidenceHyderabad, India
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
Years active2007
HandednessRight
CoachPullela Gopichand
Tan Kim Her
Men's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking28 (MD 24 November 2016)
13 (XD 23 March 2017)
Current ranking24 (XD 6 September 2018)
BWF profile

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Childhood and early trainingEdit

Pranaav picked up a badminton racket at an age of 7. In U-13 and U-19, he became the national champion twice in the boys doubles event. At the U-19 level, he won a record nine titles in a year. If he is in the city, he used to train at Badminton Academy in the Shastri Hall, at Ludhiana. He lived in South City and later he joined Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad. He practiced eight hours and like to play doubles and mixed doubles instead of singles matches. His father, M. K. Chopra, feels that Pullela Gopichand, the best coach in India and had helped Pranaav to become a good player. Pranaav's achievements are endless, he had won medals in several national ranking tournaments, like in Youth Commonwealth Games, Pune he won a bronze medal, at Fajr Senior International Challenge Cup in Tehran, Iran he won a gold medal and at Tata International Challenge in Mumbai he ended up winning a gold medal and in Bern, Switzerland at The Swiss International Challenge he has to be happy with a silver medal.[3]

CareerEdit

2007Edit

In 2007, Pranaav made his international debut in the Milo Junior Tournament held in Bandang, Thailand.[1]

2008Edit

In 2008, Belwali Sports Complex, Pune, Pranaav won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the boys' doubles event partnered with B. Sai Praneeth.[4]

2010Edit

In 2010, Pranaav became the national champion in the mixed doubles event in the National Games.

2011Edit

In 2011, Bern, Switzerland, Swiss International Challenge Pranaav won a silver medal in men's doubles event.[3]

2013Edit

In 2013, Pranaav became the national champion in men's doubles event in the National Games.

2014Edit

Pranaav competed at the 2014 Asian Games and in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in the mixed team bronze medal match, Indian mixed team went down to the Singapore mixed team by a score of 2-3 and eventually Indian mixed team lost the bronze medal.[5]

2016Edit

In 2016, Pranaav won two Grand Prix titles with his mixed doubles partner N. Sikki Reddy in the form of Brasil Open and Russian Open. Later in the same year, he married his playing companion and an Indian badminton player, Pradnya Gadre.[6]

2018Edit

In the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Pranaav paired with his mixed doubles partner, Gadde Ruthvika Shivani defeated Sri Lankan mixed doubles team led by Sachin Dias and Thilini Pramodika Hendahewa by 21-15, 19-21, 22-20 and gave Indian mixed team a lead for the run for the Gold medal. Lastly, Indian mixed team defeated Sri Lanka's mixed team by 5-0 in all the five matches and thus Pranaav won the gold medal in mixed team as being a member of the Indian mixed team.[7]

AchievementsEdit

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2009 Stadium Juara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   Prajakta Sawant   Lu Kai
  Bao Yixin
12–21, 15–21   Bronze

BWF World TourEdit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[8] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[9]

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Hyderabad Open Super 100   N. Sikki Reddy   Akbar Bintang Cahyono
  Winny Oktavina Kandow
21–15, 19–21, 23–25   Runner-up

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels: Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Syed Modi International   Akshay Dewalkar   Goh V Shem
  Tan Wee Kiong
21–14, 22–24, 8–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Syed Modi International   N. Sikki Reddy   B. Sumeeth Reddy
  Ashwini Ponnappa
22–20, 21–10   Winner
2016 Scottish Open   N. Sikki Reddy   Goh Soon Huat
  Shevon Jemie Lai
21–13, 18–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2016 Russian Open   N. Sikki Reddy   Vladimir Ivanov
  Valeria Sorokina
21–17, 21–19   Winner
2016 Brasil Open   N. Sikki Reddy   Toby Ng
  Rachel Honderich
21–15, 21–16   Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Tata Open India International   Akshay Dewalkar   Wannawat Ampunsuwan
  Tinn Isriyanate
14–21, 9–21   Runner-up
2015 Bangladesh International   Akshay Dewalkar   Tan Chee Tean
  Tan Wee Gieen
21–16, 21–16   Winner
2011 Tata Open India International   Akshay Dewalkar   K. T. Rupesh Kumar
  Sanave Thomas
19–21, 21–17, 23–21   Winner
2011 Swiss International   Akshay Dewalkar   Lukasz Moren
  Wojciech Szkudlarczyk
21–17, 16–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2010 Iran Fajr International   B. Sai Praneeth   Ali Shahhosseini
  Mohammadreza Kheradmandi
21–17, 21–11   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Players: Pranaav Jerry Chopra". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  2. ^ "CWG 2018: Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal give India winning start in Mixed Team badminton at Commonwealth Games". www.financialexpress.com. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Pranav Chopra: The next big thing in Indian Badminton". www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  4. ^ "India on top of world". www.dnaindia.com. Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Pranaav Chopra Biography". results.glasgow2014.com. Glasgow 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Men's Team - Entry List by Event". Incheon 2014 official website. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  7. ^ "CWG 2018: Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal give India winning start in Mixed Team badminton at Commonwealth Games". www.financialexpress.com. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  8. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.

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