California, July 24: India’s leading shuttler HS Prannoy on Sunday bagged the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament title defeating his compatriot Parupalli Kashyap in Anaheim, California. Notably, H S Prannoy defeated Parupalli Kashyap by 21-15, 20-22, 21-12 in the match that lasted for 1 hr 5 minutes.
Prannoy got off to a good start, winning the opening game 21-15. At one stage, he won six consecutive points in the game. While, Kashyap made a strong comeback from there, winning the tight second game 22-20. Neither player won more than three consecutive points in the game. But the momentum swung Prannoy's way after that as he ran away with the deciding game, winning 21-12.
Interestingly, this was the third Grand Prix Gold title of Prannoy's career. He had won the Indonesian Masters in 2014 and the Swiss Open last year. Prannoy’s previous best display of 2017 had been making the semi-finals at the Indonesia Open, a tournament where he beat Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei and China's Chen Long.
Prannoy had found a place in the final defeating Vietnam's Tien Minh Nguyen while Kashyap overcame Korean Kwang Hee Heo in the semi-finals. In the women's singles of the tournament, Japanese Aya Ohori won the final beating Michelle Li of Canada. It was the second time this season that two Indians fought out for the title at international badminton. In April, K Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth had played in the finals of Singapore Open with Sai Praneeth claiming his maiden Super Series title.