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Prannoy Kumar

Prannoy Kumar
Personal information
Birth name Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar
Country  India
Born (1992-07-17) July 17, 1992
Delhi, India
Residence Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)
Height 5’ 9”
Handedness Right
Coach Pullela Gopichand
Men's Singles
Highest ranking 22 (04 December 2014)
Current ranking 22 (04 December 2014)
BWF profile

Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar also known as HS Prannoy was born on July 17, 1992. He is an Indian badminton player and currently trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad.[1] Prannoy originally hails from Delhi and is the Indian number 3 (as of November 18, 2014) in badminton[2] Prannoy is supported by the GoSports Foundation, Bangalore and has been part of their scholarship programme since 2011.

Career

Early career

Prannoy came to prominence after winning the silver medal in Boys' singles at 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.[3] He didn't stop there and followed it up with another silver, this time at the Bahrain International Challenge, 2011.[4] Struggling for form and injuries a bit of a barren spell followed Prannoy following these achievements.

2013

In 2013, he managed to reach the final of the Tata Open International Challenge in Mumbai, eventually losing to fellow GoSports Foundation athlete Sourabh Verma in the final.

2014

In 2014 he claimed two All India Senior National Ranking Championships: Manorama Indian Open All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament, Kerala[5] and the V.V.Natu Memorial All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament, Pune.[6] However it was his exploits at the international circuit that caught everyone's attention. He was a semi-finalist at both the Indian Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow[7] and the Sri Lanka Open International Badminton Challenge in Colombo[8]

Prannoy surprised everyone by reaching the final of the Yonex Sunrise Vietnam GP Open, 2014, he lost to number one seed and tournament favourite Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka of Indonesia.[9] In the next tournament, the Yonex-Sunrise Indonesian Masters, 2014, Prannoy went one better, this time beating local favourite Firman Abdul Kholik of Indonesia in straight sets.[10] In the Bitburger Badminton Open in Saarbrücken, Germany, Prannoy managed to reach the semifinals of the competition.[11]

References

  1. ^ Prannoy training at the Gopichand Academy
  2. ^ Badminton India Rankings
  3. ^ Savaliya, Gautam. "Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar Singapore Youth olympics 2010". Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Bahrain International Challenge
  5. ^ Manorama Indian Open 2014
  6. ^ V.V.Natu Memorial All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament
  7. ^ Indian Grand Prix Gold, 2014
  8. ^ Sri Lanka Open International Badminton Challenge, 2014
  9. ^ Vietnam Open, 2014
  10. ^ Indonesian Masters, 2014
  11. ^ Bitburger Badminton Open
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