US Open: Shut­tlers Kashyap, Pran­noy in all-indian fi­nal

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The Indian jug­ger­naut in men's bad­minton con­tin­ued to roll with for­mer Com­mon­wealth Games goldmedal­list Paru­palli Kashyap set­ting up a ti­tle clash with HS Pran­noy at the $120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold here.

After limp­ing out of the court with a calf in­jury in Oc­to­ber 2015, it was the first fi­nal for Kashyap in 21 months, while Pran­noy, who has al­ways been plagued by in­juries, also reached his first sum­mit clash after clinch­ing the Swiss Open last year. Kashyap eked out a hard­fought 15-21 21-15 21-16 win over Korean Kwang Hee Heo in the second semi­fi­nal which lasted an hour and six min­utes.

Pran­noy, on the other hand, notched up a 21-14 21-19 win over Viet­nam's Tien Minh Nguyen in the first semi-fi­nal.

It will be the second time this sea­son that two In­di­ans will fight it out for the ti­tle at in­ter­na­tional bad­minton. In April, K Srikanth and B Sai Pra­neeth had played in the fi­nals of Sin­ga­pore Open with the lat­ter claim­ing his maiden Su­per Se­ries ti­tle. Men's dou­bles pair of Manu At­tri and B Sumeeth Reddy fought hard be­fore go­ing down 12-21 21-12 20-22 to top seeds Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han.

"It is good to reach a fi­nal after a long time. It was a tough match against the Korean. He had started re­ally well and I took time to ad­just to the con­di­tions to­day as it was lit­tle slow.

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