Basel: Thirteenth seeded Indian men’s singles player H. S Prannoy defeated seventh seeded Marc Zwiebler of Germany in the Swiss Open final in Basel on Sunday to claim the men’s singles title at the prize money USD 120,000 tournament.
The World No. 27 Indian has completed a terrific run at Swiss Open where he beat several higher ranked players such as Rajiv Ouseph of England in the third round.
Prannoy began the match on a confident note and surged to a 7-4 lead in the first game before the German fought his way back into the match. Both shuttlers tied at 18-18 and Prannoy got off a late surge to win three straight points, clinching the first set 21-18.
Prannoy quickly raced to a 13-8 gap in the second set, continued to hold his lead as he thwarted Zwiebler 21-15 to claim the Swiss Open title. In addition to this year’s Swiss Open, Prannoy also won Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold in 2014.
“I am extremely excited to win this title. This victory would take my World rankings to the 20th spot, and I will give my best effort to qualify for the Rio Olympics,” said Prannoy.
In the all-Chinese women’s singles final, unseeded 18-year-old He Bingjiao pulled off the biggest upset on Sunday when she knocked off World No. 7 and tournament’s No. 3 seed Wang Yihan 21-16, 21-10 to win the women’s singles title.
He Bingjiao and Wang were neck and neck in the first set, with Wang threatened a comeback when she reduced the deficit to 16-17 before He Bingjiao reeled off four points run to end the first set with 21-16. He Bingjiao was barely troubled by Wang Yihan in the second set as she cruised to her third Grand Prix Gold title with a 21-10 win.
Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark were on a different level on Sunday as they brought their hyper-aggressive game and hit a lot of devastating and versatile shots to topple No. 4 seeds Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin of Taiwan 21-8, 21-15 in 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, No. 5 seeds Shizuka Matsuo/Mami Naito saw off their fellow teammates No. 3 seeds Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao 21-16, 12-21, 21-12 to win the women’s doubles title, and the mixed doubles title went to China’s Wang Yilyu/Chen Qingchen after their 3-set victory over Thai pair Bodin Issara/Savitree Amitrapai 19-21, 21-16, 21-15.