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Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar also known as HS Prannoy (born 17 July 1992) is an Indian badminton player and currently trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad.[2] Prannoy originally hails from Thiruvananthapuram and is the Indian number 2 (as of 2 April 2015) in badminton[3] Prannoy is supported by the GoSports Foundation, Bangalore and has been part of their scholarship programme since 2011. He studied at Kendriya Vidyalaya Akkulam.[4]

H.S. Prannoy
Personal information
Birth namePrannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar
Country India
Born (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 26)
Delhi, India
ResidenceThiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachPullela Gopichand
Men's singles
Highest ranking8 (3 May 2018[1])
Current ranking20 (8 January 2019)
BWF profile

Contents

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Prannoy came to prominence after winning the silver medal in Boys' singles at 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.[5] He didn't stop there and followed it up with another silver, this time at the Bahrain International Challenge, 2011.[6] Struggling for form and injuries a bit of a barren spell followed Prannoy following these achievements.

2013Edit

In 2013, he managed to reach the final of the Tata Open International Challenge in Mumbai, eventually losing to fellow GoSports Foundation athlete Sourabh Verma in the final.

2014Edit

In 2014, he claimed two All India Senior National Ranking Championships: Manorama Indian Open All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament, Kerala[7] and the V.V.Natu Memorial All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament, Pune.[8] 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,[9] Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold,[10]2014 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold and the Sri Lanka Open International Badminton Challenge in Colombo[11]

Prannoy 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.[12] In the very next tournament, the Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold Prannoy went one better, this time beating local favourite Firman Abdul Kholik of Indonesia in straight sets.[13] Prannoy managed to end the year as the third highest ranked Indian at 21.

2015Edit

HS Prannoy 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. Prannoy'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. Prannoy played his heart out in the Quarter Finals too but ultimately Viktor Axelsen proved to be too good for him.

2016Edit

HS Prannoy 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

2017Edit

HS Prannoy 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.

AchievementsEdit

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China   Chen Long 16–21, 18–21   Bronze

South Asian GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2016 Multipurpose Hall SAI–SAG Centre, Guwahati, India   Srikanth Kidambi 21–11, 14–21, 6–21   Silver

Youth Olympic GamesEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore   Pisit Poodchalat 15–21, 16–21   Silver

BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Domo del Code Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico   Kang Ji-Wook 13–21, 9–21   Bronze

BWF Grand PrixEdit

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

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
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 Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
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
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Includes results against Olympic quarterfinals, Worlds semifinalists, and Super Series finalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BWF World Rankings: Men's Singles". bwfbadminton.org. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  2. ^ Prannoy training at the Gopichand Academy
  3. ^ Badminton India Rankings
  4. ^ "Manorama Sports Star 2017: Prannoy's giant-killing acts". Manorama Online. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  5. ^ Savaliya, Gautam. "Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar Singapore Youth olympics 2010". Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  6. ^ Bahrain International Challenge
  7. ^ Manorama Indian Open 2014
  8. ^ V.V.Natu Memorial All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament
  9. ^ Indian Grand Prix Gold, 2014
  10. ^ Bitburger Badminton Open
  11. ^ Sri Lanka Open International Badminton Challenge, 2014
  12. ^ Vietnam Open, 2014
  13. ^ Indonesian Masters, 2014
  14. ^ Tournaments of HS Prannoy

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