India ace shuttler HS Prannoy recently got knocked out of the ongoing China Masters 2023 after losing to Japan’s Kodai Naraoka in the round of 16 stage. Naraoka defeated Prannoy in straight games to book his spot in the quarter-finals.
The Japanese shuttler beat Prannoy 21-18, 21-16 to knock his Indian opponent out of the China Masters. Prannoy struggled to make his shots count in the last-16 clash and made several errors which led to his defeat.
It became clear early in the first set that Prannoy was struggling to position his shots, giving Naraoka an early two-point lead after hitting a shot wide. Several errors later, Naraoka comfortably led 8-3.
At the mid-game break, an off-form Prannoy was trailing 4-11 and struggled to force a comeback. Naraoka capitalized on Prannoy’s lack of form, securing the first set with a definitive 21-9.
Despite more determination on display in the second game from the Indian player, and even briefly taking the lead, Kodai’s consistency saw him move up 11-10 at the halfway mark.
Following the break, Prannoy kept making mistakes, which let Naraoka increase his advantage to 16–13. Prannoy ultimately went down 21–14 in the second set and was eliminated from the competition.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, the Indian badminton team, on the other hand, advanced straight to the semi-final. In the quarterfinals, they played the Indonesian duo of Daniel Marthin and Leo Rolly Carnando, and they won in straight games.
After a close first set that ended with scores tied at 14–14, the Indian duo changed tactics and won the first set 21–15. Rankireddy and Shetty maintained their assured form in the second set, establishing an early lead that they maintained to win 21-16.