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Shuttler Prannoy overcomes Kashyap in German Open

Posted on Feb 26 2014 | IANS

Mulheim an der Ruhr (Germany), Feb 26 : On a good day for Indians, rising shuttler H.S. Prannoy pulled off one of the biggest upsets of his career by beating fellow countryman and friend Parupalli Kashyap at the USD 120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold here Wednesday.

This was the 21-year-old's first win over academy mate and ninth seed Kashyap in two meetings. Prannoy won the men's singles second round 21-19, 21-18 in 47 minutes at the RWE-Sporthalle.

The Kerala shuttler will next face South Korean sixth seed Wan Ho Son for a place in the quarter-finals.

Earlier, Anand Pawar and Arvind Bhat also progressed to the third round by beating their respective opponents.

While World No.34 Pawar of Mumbai expectedly beat Slovenian Iztok Utrosa 21-16, 21-12 in 28 minutes, former national champion Bhat also caused a big upset by overcoming Hong Kong third seed and World No.10 Yun Hu 21-17, 16-21, 21-11 in 59 minutes.

P.C. Thulasi and Arundhati Pantawane also tasted first round success in women's singles.

As Arundhati overcame Danish Line Kjaersfeldt 17-21, 22-20, 21-19 in 51 minutes, Thulasi made a remarkable recovery to beat Canadian Li Michelle 7-21, 21-19, 21-17 in one hour and two minutes to progress to Round 2.

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