H. S. Prannoy
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Personal information
Birth namePrannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar
CountryIndia
Born (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 30)
Delhi, India
ResidenceThiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
HandednessRight
CoachPullela Gopichand
Men's singles
Career record223 wins, 150 losses
Highest ranking8 (3 May 2018[1])
Current ranking19 (5 July 2022)
BWF profile

Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar (born 17 July 1992), also known as H. S. Prannoy, is an Indian badminton player who currently trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad.[2] Prannoy originally hails from Thiruvananthapuram and has a career-high world ranking of number 8, which he attained in June 2018.[3] He studied at Kendriya Vidyalaya Akkulam.[4]

Career

Early career

Prannoy came to prominence after winning the silver medal in Boys' singles at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.[5] He followed it up with another silver, this time at the Bahrain International Challenge, in 2011.[6] However, as he struggled for form and injuries, Prannoy endured a somewhat barren spell following these achievements.

2013

In 2013, he managed to reach the final of the Tata Open International Challenge in Mumbai, eventually losing to compatriot Sourabh Verma in the final.

2014

In 2014, Prannoy claimed two All India Senior National Ranking Championships: Manorama Indian Open All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament, Kerala[7] and the V. V. Natu Memorial All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament, Pune.[8] However, it was his exploits on the international circuit that caught everyone's attention. He was a semi-finalist at the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold,[9] Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold,[10]2014 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold and the Sri Lanka Open International Badminton Challenge in Colombo.[11]

Prannoy surprised one and all by reaching the final of the 2014 Vietnam Open Grand Prix where he lost to top seed and tournament favourite Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia.[12] 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.[13] He managed to end the year as the third-highest ranked Indian at World no. 21.

2015

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 semifinals before bowing out to compatriot Srikanth Kidambi in 3 sets. His greatest victory came in the pre-quarters of the 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 thus far, earning him praise from all quarters. Prannoy played his heart out in the quarter-finals as well, but ultimately suffered defeat to Denmark's Viktor Axelsen.

2016

Prannoy started 2016 on a good note by beating the German ace Marc Zwiebler in the finals of the Swiss Open Grand Prix gold 21–18, 21–15.

2017

Prannoy played for the Mumbai Rockets franchise in the 2017 season of the Premier Badminton League. In the 2017 Indonesia Open, he defeated the reigning Olympic silver medalist Lee Chong Wei and the reigning Olympic champion Chen Long in consecutive matches, but lost to Japanese Kazumasa Sakai in the semi-finals. At the US Open 2017, he defeated Vietnamese Nguyễn Tiến Minh to reach the finals, where he beat compatriot Parupalli Kashyap to win the title.

2018

Prannoy participated in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where he finished in fourth place after being beaten by Rajiv Ouseph of England in the bronze medal match. He then won a bronze medal at the 2018 Asian Championships, after beating second seed Son Wan-ho in the quarterfinals. However, he was defeated in the semifinal by third seed Chen Long.

2021

Prannoy had a disastrous start to 2021 after exiting in the early rounds of the 2021 Swiss Open and the 2021 All England Open. Dark clouds surrounded his career with lack of funds and sponsors. However, he came back strongly after defeating reigning Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen in the 2nd round of the 2021 Indonesia Masters in November. He got further success in the 2021 BWF World Championships, held in December, where he upset World no. 9 Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong in the 1st round and World no. 10 Rasmus Gemke in the pre-quarterfinals. He lost to the eventual world champion Loh Kean Yew of Singapore in the quarterfinals. His consistent performances in the last few months of the year enabled him to rise to World no. 27 at the end of the year.

2022

Prannoy HS was part of the India squad for the 2022 Thomas Cup. In the quarter-final against Malaysia, he won the decider match against Leong Jun Hao to assure India reached the semi-final and obtain its first-ever Medal in the Thomas Cup.[14] Again he played a match winning decider game against Denmark in semi-finals. He was one of the best Indian players of that tournament.

Achievements

Asian Championships

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

Men's singles

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

Youth Olympic Games

Boys' singles

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

BWF World Junior Championships

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Domo del Code Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico South Korea Kang Ji-Wook 13–21, 9–21
Bronze
Bronze

BWF World Tour (1 runner-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[15] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[16]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2022 Swiss Open Super 300 Indonesia Jonatan Christie 12–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF Grand Prix (3 titles, 1 runner-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2014 Vietnam Open Indonesia Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka 21–18, 15–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Indonesian Masters Indonesia Firman Abdul Kholik 21–11, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Swiss Open Germany Marc Zwiebler 21–18, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 U.S. Open India Kashyap Parupalli 21–15, 20–22, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (1 title, 2 runners-up)

Men's singles

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

Record against selected opponents

Includes results against Olympic quarterfinals, Worlds semifinalists, and Super Series finalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.[17]

References

  1. ^ "BWF World Rankings: Men's Singles". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  2. ^ Prannoy training at the Gopichand Academy
  3. ^ Badminton India Rankings
  4. ^ "Manorama Sports Star 2017: Prannoy's giant-killing acts". Manorama Online. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  5. ^ Savaliya, Gautam. "Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar Singapore Youth olympics 2010". Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  6. ^ Bahrain International Challenge
  7. ^ Manorama Indian Open 2014
  8. ^ V.V.Natu Memorial All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament
  9. ^ Indian Grand Prix Gold, 2014
  10. ^ Bitburger Badminton Open
  11. ^ Sri Lanka Open International Badminton Challenge, 2014
  12. ^ Vietnam Open, 2014
  13. ^ Indonesian Masters, 2014
  14. ^ "Indian Men's Badminton Team Scripts History, Defeats Malaysia In Thomas Cup Quarter-Finals To Assure First-Ever Medal | Badminton News". NDTVSports.com. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  15. ^ Alleyne, Gayle (19 March 2017). "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  16. ^ Sukumar, Dev (10 January 2018). "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Tournaments of HS Prannoy". bwfbadminton.org.