Prannoy Kumar

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H.S. Prannoy
Personal information
Birth name Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar
Born (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 25)
Delhi, India
Residence Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Handedness Right
Coach Pullela Gopichand
Men's singles
Highest ranking 8 (03 May 2018[1])
Current ranking 8 (26 April 2018)
BWF profile

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.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Prannoy came to prominence after winning the silver medal in Boys' singles at 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.[4] He didn't stop there and followed it up with another silver, this time at the Bahrain International Challenge, 2011.[5] Struggling for form and injuries a bit of a barren spell followed Prannoy following these achievements.

2013[edit]

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.

2014[edit]

In 2014, he claimed two All India Senior National Ranking Championships: Manorama Indian Open All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament, Kerala[6] and the V.V.Natu Memorial All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament, Pune.[7] 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,[8] Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold,[9]2014 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold and the Sri Lanka Open International Badminton Challenge in Colombo[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] Prannoy managed to end the year as the third highest ranked Indian at 21.

2015[edit]

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.

2016[edit]

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

2017[edit]

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.

Achievements[edit]

Asian Championships[edit]

Men's singles

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

South Asian Games[edit]

Men's singles

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

Youth Olympic Games[edit]

Boys' singles

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

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as 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 India Kashyap Parupalli 21–15, 20–22, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Swiss Open Germany Marc Zwiebler 21–18, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Indonesian Masters Indonesia Firman Abdul Kholik 21–11, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Vietnam Open Indonesia Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21–18, 15–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2014 Tata Open India International India R. M. V. Gurusaidutt 21–16, 20–22, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Tata Open India International India Sourabh Varma 12–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Bahrain International India Sourabh Varma 23–25, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Record against selected opponents[edit]

Includes results against Olympic quarterfinals, Worlds semifinalists, and Super Series finalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.[13]

References[edit]

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