Bangkok: Indian shuttler H S Prannoy battled through pain in his ribcage and a shoulder injury to stun Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie in the opening round of Toyota Thailand Open Super 1000 tournament here on Wednesday. A former top 10 player, Prannoy showed great resilience in the men’s singles competition and didn’t let the physical discomfort disturb his focus, outwitting the world number seven Christie 18-21 21-16 23-21 in a thrilling contest that clocked an hour and 15 minutes. It is Prannoy’s first win against the sixth-seeded Indonesian in the last four attempts.
The 28-year-old from Kerala had spent two weeks stressing over his physical and mental health after contracting Covid-19 last November. The infection left him with pain in his ribcage even though everything looked normal in the tests. He could resume training only in the second week of December but had to go through the ordeal of a false Covid positive result ahead of the Yonex Thailand Open last week.
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“I had a fall when he had match point and hurt my left shoulder. I felt it was dislocated but it went back into place. Right now it’s ok but it might start hurting again…