Badminton: India's Prannoy one win away from maiden title at Vietnam

India's HS Prannoy continued his dream run and reached the men's singles final to be just one step away from clinching his maiden title in the USD 50,000 Vietnam Open Grand Prix at Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday.

New Delhi: India's HS Prannoy continued his dream run and reached the men's singles final to be just one step away from clinching his maiden title in the USD 50,000 Vietnam Open Grand Prix at Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday.

Seeded fifth, the Indian took 57 minutes to see off 10th seed Chun Seang Tan of Malaysia 21-16, 14-21, 24-22 in an edge-of-the-seat semifinal encounter to set up a summit clash with top seed Indonesian Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka.

It was a closely fought contest, between the two at the Tan Binh Sports Center as the lead changed hands frequently in the decider after both Prannoy and Tan pocketed one game each.

However, in the end it was the Indian who held his nerves in crucial moments to have the last laugh.

The silver medallist at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, Prannoy has stunned top Indian players such as Parupalli Kashyap and Ajay Jayaram.

He also claimed victory over top players such as former World and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia and Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana.
 

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