India's HS Prannoy, ranked 30 in the world, made a strong statement, defeating six-time world champion and world No.17 Lin Dan of China to advance to the pre-quarterfinals of the World Badminton Championships in Basel on Tuesday.
Prannoy beat Lin Dan 21-11, 13-21, 21-7 in an hour and two minutes and will face either world No.1 Kento Momota or Spain's Luís Enrique Peñalver.
GIANTKILLER!💪@PRANNOYHSPRI outclasses the 2 times Olympic Champion 2⃣1⃣-1⃣1⃣,1⃣3⃣-2⃣1⃣,2⃣1⃣-7⃣ to enter the pre quarters of #BWFBadmintonWorldChampionships2019.— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 20, 2019
Way to go Champ! Let's go for the kill. 👏👏#IndiaontheRise #badmitnon pic.twitter.com/eXSk9WW7Og
Prannoy took his foot off the pedal in the second game but then he came back superbly in the third game. With this win, Prannoy becomes the first Indian to defeat two-times Olympic Champion Lin Dan thrice.
Earlier, Pullela Gopichand had the highest head-to-head record against the stalwart but Prannoy has now surpassed it to make it 3-1 in his favour.