Prannoy pulls out of Denmark and French Open due to injury
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Prannoy pulls out of Denmark and French Open due to injury

Star Indian Shuttler H S Prannoy Withdraws from Denmark Open Super 750

Indian badminton star H S Prannoy has withdrawn from the Denmark Open Super 750 tournament due to a back injury. The injury had troubled him during his first bronze medal win at the recently concluded Asian Games.

Prannoy’s Injury and Recovery

The 31-year-old Indian shuttler had fought through severe back pain to secure India’s first medal in men’s singles in 41 years at Hangzhou. However, he will now have to rest for two to three weeks due to the injury. Prannoy revealed that he will not be participating in any tournament this month due to the injury, which was confirmed by an MRI scan.

India’s Charge in Prannoy’s Absence

In Prannoy’s absence, India’s hopes will rest on Lakshya Sen, who played a crucial role in India’s first-ever silver medal win in men’s team event at the Asian Games. World No. 15 Sen, who remained unbeaten at the Asian Games, will face Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in his opening match.

Other Indian Participants

Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu will also be participating, hoping for a strong performance after a semifinal finish at the Arctic Open last week. She will face Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour. World No. 20 Kidambi Srikanth, who is keen to accumulate ranking points for the Paris Olympics, will take on China’s Weng Hong Yang in his opening game.

Challenges Ahead

Priyanshu Rajawat, currently ranked No. 30 in the world, will face a tough challenge against world No. 14 Lee Zii Jia. The newly-crowned world No. 1 pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who won gold at Hangzhou, will compete against Malaysia’s Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi.

Conclusion

The women’s pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand will be back on the court after the Asian Games and will face Thailand’s Benyapa Aimsaard and Nuntakarn Aimsaard. However, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila will miss out due to Arjun’s back injury.

Author’s Quote

“The upcoming tournaments will be a test of resilience for the Indian shuttlers in the absence of H S Prannoy. It will be interesting to see how they perform under pressure,” says the author.

Author’s Conclusion

The author concludes, “Despite the setback due to Prannoy’s injury, Indian badminton has a lot of potential and talent to look forward to in the upcoming tournaments.”

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