Tuesday, August 20, 2019
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The Indian was tied up by Lin’s constricting control in the second game, but managed to break free in the third as the Chinese left-hander started to struggle with the pace. From 6-4, Prannoy stepped on the gas, winning the next 13 of 14 points and leaving Lin trailing in the distance. The 21-11 13-21 21-7 result gives him a third round face-off against top seed Kento Momota.
“I changed a couple of things in the third game. I was ready for a long match,” said Prannoy. “He’s always a tough player, he’s got the experience in the big events, particularly in slow conditions. That was on my mind in the third game, that this should not slip away. I was able to focus on each point and not think about the win, and that’s something I should do on an everyday basis.
Talking about his upcoming third round match against Momota, Prannoy said: “The draw was tough from the start. I’m looking forward to Momota, because there are some things I need to prove and I think this is the event I need, to know that I’m a big tournament player.”
Lin said he could not recover adequately after his first round match against Nguyen Tien Minh.
Match of the session
Belgium’s Lianne Tan fought off a match point against Vietnam’s Nguyen Thuy Linh to win a 59-minute battle, 20-22 22-20 21-13.
Nguyen had overtaken Tan at the end of the second game and held match point at 20-19, but Tan held firm and took the game to a decider, in which she shot ahead.
Mixed doubles fifth seeds Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying had a battle on their hands against Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Josephine Wu. The Canadians, ranked 35th to the Malaysians’ fifth placing, surprised their opponents in the second game after trailing 12-15. The fifth seeds nevertheless recovered in the decider and kept a handy lead throughout, claiming the match 21-18 19-21 21-16.
Another entertaining match was the men’s singles second round between Lee Zii Jia and Lu Guang Zu. The encounter between the two fast-rising youngsters was played at a frenetic pace with Lee eventually pulling ahead, 12-21 21-14 21-15. The Malaysian takes on Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto for a place in the quarterfinals.
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“Gregoria’s handwork is quite high; her arm plays much higher than many other players. She uses her wrist a lot. I find it hard to anticipate her shots. I should not let her get confident; if that happens she starts playing fast. She is getting quicker than before, I saw that she is looking quite fit.” – Ratchanok Intanon, on her next match with Gregoria Mariska Tunjung.