Kidambi Srikanth thanks Sachin Tendulkar for 'billion wishes' worthy tweet post Australia Superseries win
The Australian Open Superseries saw a change in odds for the Indian after he had lost five times in a row earlier to his Chinese opponent Long.
In a 43-minute match, fifth seeded Prannoy trounced Scotland's Kieran Merrrilees 21-17 21-19 to set up a meeting with 10th seeded Chinese Qiao Bin
The 14-time national champion said she is looking forward to play her role in the development of sports in the country.
The 24-year-old Prannoy from Kerela disposed Germany's David Peng 21-15 21-18 in the opening round to set up a clash with Scotland's Kieran Merrilees next
Four-time champion Lee reached the final for a seventh time by recovering from a worrying start to beat Chiu Tien Chen of Taiwan 10-21, 21-14, 21-9.
Ratchanok Intanon, the former world champion from Thailand who only just won a fitness race to be ready for this week`s All-England Open, made a startling recovery to defeat Olympic champion Carolina Marin on Friday.
Both men played almost as well as in there prime, and often with more subtlety -- to their evident pleasure as well as that of the organisers who would love to see the two old gladiators clash on Sunday for what would be the 28th and quite likely the last time.
Meanwhile, Kidambi Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram and the men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy put up below-par performances to exit the tournament.
Still in some pain and not quite 100 percent fit, he starts his 13th and last All England on Wednesday. There was a collective gasp in Malaysia on Feb. 4 when news came that Chong Wei slipped and fell, tearing the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
The 26-year-old participated in three tournaments -- China, Hong Kong and Macau -- last year before competing at the Premier Badminton League for Awadhe Warriors in January.
CBI sources had said that a contingent of 23 players and two supervisors was sent by India on the expense of government of Japan to participate in the exchange programme for the youth of ASEAN countries.
"I consider the All England as like any normal super series tournament. People may think as if it's a big tournament by its name," Sindhu told PTI in an exclusive interview
Adding another feather in her cap, star shuttler Saina Nehwal, who was appointed a member of the International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission (AC) last year, would be representing the panel in the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had offered a Group-I officer job of her choice at the felicitation function itself, but Sindhu has now decided to take it up.
The 21-year-old from Hyderabad has 69399 points in her kitty, while London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal is the only other Indian woman in the top 10 at ninth position.
The Rio silver medallist was previously ranked sixth, behind Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, whom she dethroned to acquire the fifth spot.