After the surprise defeat of Saina Nehwal in the semi finals, it was up and coming shuttler HS Pranoy to salvage pride of the country. He outclassed seventh seeded Marc Zwiebler of Germany in the final to win Swiss Open, a 120,000$ Grand Prix Gold Tournament at Basel. This was Pranoy’s second title after his win in the Indonesian Masters in 2014.
Two time champion and top seed, Saina Nehwal lost to 3rd seed Wang Yihan of China 11-21, 19-21 in the semi finals. Another Indian entrant in the women’s singles event, 6th seed PV Sindhu was eliminated in the third round by He Bingjiao of China 13-21, 15-21.
Seeded 13th, the 23-year old Pranoy began the match on confident note and faced little resistance from Zwiebler as he won 21-18, 21-15 in a battle lasted 45 minutes. They were tied at 18-18 in the first game, but from there Pranoy not only won three straight points to clinch the first game but did not give any chance to his opponent in the second game, leading from start to finish.
Pranoy played magnificently through out the tournament and grew into confidence with each outing. He was in his elements in the quarter final and semi final against more renouned opponents. He kept his nerves cool and chalked out impressive victories in three games.
|1st||beat Kalle Koljonen (Finland)||21-19, 21-19|
|2nd||beat Lars Schaenzler (Germany)||21-16, 21-13|
|3rd||beat (6) Rajiv Ouseph (England)||21-13, 21-18|
|Quarter Final||beat (16) Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Thailand)||21-18, 22-24, 21-9|
|Semi final||beat Tzu Wei Wang (Chinese Taipei)||12-21, 21-14, 23-21|
|Final||beat (7) Marc Zwiebler (Germany)||21-18, 21-15|
He Bingjiao won the Women’s Singles title defeating Wang Yihan 21-16, 21-10 in the all Chinese final.
|… by Animesh Khare|