California, July 23: India’s leading shuttlers HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap on Saturday stormed into the finals after defeating their respective opponents in the US Open Grand Prix which is being played in Anaheim, California. Notably, HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap will face each other in the final of the US Open.
While Prannoy defeated two-time champion Tien Minh Nguyen 21-14, 21-19 in 40 minutes in a one-sided contest, Kashyap had to battle hard to overcome Korea's Kwang Hee Ho 15-21, 21-15, 21-16 in one hour and six minutes.
On the other side, the men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy exited the tournament after losing 12-21, 21-12. 20-22 to the top-seeded pair of Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han in the semi-finals. Interestingly, Prannoy and Kashyap have split their previous two meetings, with Prannoy winning in straight games the last time they faced each other at the German Open in 2014. However, this is the first time that two Indians have reached the men's singles final at the US Open.
Importantly, this will be the second all-Indian final this year. B Sai Praneeth had defeated Kidambi Srikanth in the final of the Singapore Open earlier this year in the first all-Indian final of the year. This is Kashyap's first final this year after battling injuries in the first three months of the year. Prannoy had earlier made the semi-finals of the Indonesia Open - where he defeated Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long - which remains his best display this year.
Prannoy will be appearing in the final of a Grand Prix Gold tournament for the fourth time in his career. He won the Indonesian Masters in 2014 and the Swiss Open last year. On the other hand, Kashyap will be appearing in his third GP Gold final. He had previously won the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships in 2012 and 2015.