Kashyap in semis, Prannoy limps out

Kashyap in semis, Prannoy limps out
Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap brushed aside France’s Brice Leverdez 21-6, 21-17 in 30 minutes to set up a semifinal clash with Hong Kong’s Hu Yun on Saturday. Prannoy, on the other hand, could not take the court after his foot injury, suffered during his giant-killing act against Denmark’s Jan Jorgensen on  Thursday, aggravated on Friday and he had to give a walkover to Japan’s Kento Momota in another quarterfinal match. Kashyap hardly broke any sweat against Brice as he dished out a game which the French could not negotiate. The Indian opened up a 6-1 lead early on and did not allow the Frenchman to come closer to him.

Kashyap was at his dominating best in the opening game as from 9-6, he registered 12 straight points to leave Brice completely clueless. In the second game, Kashyap once again took a 4-1 lead early on and kept his nose ahead, despite a fighting Brice who could only manage to reduce the gap to 7-9 at one stage. The Indian never lost the grip from the match and sealed the issue comfortably in the end. Kashyap has a 1-2 head-to-head record against his semifinal opponent Hu Yun.
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