Palembang: After making the Vietnam Open Grand Prix final last week, Indian shuttler H.S. Prannoy once again entered the men’s singles summit clash at the $125,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold in Palembang on Saturday.
The only Indian left in the competition, Prannoy hit top form to oust Malaysian ninth seed Daren Liew 21-14, 14-21, 21-14 in a 58-minute semi-final encounter at the GOR Jakabaring.
“It was a good match. Daren is a tough opponent and he looked good after beating B. Sai Praneeth Friday. But I knew I had to be steady at the net and not give him much. I took my chances and attacked and it worked,” Prannoy told reporter after the match.
Meanwhile, Daren Liew was disappointed after the match.
“I was slow in the decider, and couldn’t come back from behind after I fell behind Prannoy in the rubber game,” said Daren.
“I think I’ve exceeds all expectations in the Indonesian Masters after the Commonwealth Games loss, I hope I can do better in the future,” added Daren.
H.S. Prannoy will take on Indonesia’s Firman Abdul Kholik in the final on Sunday. Firman Abdul Kholik defeated former world junior champion Zulfadli of Malaysia 21-17, 21-15 in another men’s singles semi-final.
Malaysia’s sole hope of women’s doubles glory – Lee Meng Yean-Chow Mei Kuan also faltered in the same day, they bowed out to Kesyha Nurvita Hanadia-Devi Tika Permatasari of Indonesia 19-21, 13-21 in 50 minutes.