Paru­palli Kashyap to take on HS Pran­noy in US Open bad­minton fi­nal

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It will be an al­lIn­dia men’s sin­gles fi­nal at Ana­hein when Paru­palli Kashyap takes on com­pa­triot and friend HS Pran­noy in the $120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold bad­minton on Sunday. While Kashyap had a tough three-game vic­tory in the semi-fi­nals, Pran­noy eased past his op­po­nent to en­ter another Grand Prix Gold event sum­mit clash. Second seed Pran­noy took just 40 min­utes to beat Viet­namese 15th seed Tien Minh Nguyen 21-14, 21-19. This was World No. 23 Pran­noy’s first win over the for­mer World Cham­pi­onship bronze medal­list in two meet­ings. Kashyap, on the other hand, had to strug­gle in his semi- fi­nal as he was taken the dis­tance by South Korean Kwang Hee Heo. An un­known op­po­nent and his tricks took its toll on Kashyap but even­tu­ally the reign­ing Com­mon­wealth Games cham­pion pre­vailed 15- 21, 21- 15, 21- 16 in a marathon match that lasted an hour and six min­utes.

The fi­nal will be the third of­fi­cial meeting be­tween Kashyap and Pran­noy with both en­joy­ing one vic­tory each pre­vi­ously. How­ever, the two times the In­di­ans met each other were in 2010 and 2014.

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