It means the world No.9 gets to contest more than one title match in a season for the first time since 2014, when he won the India International Challenge and Indonesian Masters and came second at Vietnam GP Open.
“Very satisfying because it’s always tough to continuously play and beat top players,” said the 31-year-old Indian after brushing aside young compatriot Priyanshu Rajawat 21-18 21-12 in his first straight games win this week.
“The last two years have been good. I’ve been able to consistently pull through matches and that has given me a lot of confidence. Yes, this year has been special. I hope I can do something like I did in Malaysia.”
Three months ago in Kuala Lumpur, Prannoy emerged victorious against China’s Weng Hong Yang in their maiden encounter, six years on from winning his last title at the 2017 US Open.
Incidentally, Weng again provides opposition at the Sydney Olympic Park on finals day tomorrow, which will be dominated by Korean shuttlers featuring in three events – women’s singles as well as men’s and women’s doubles (see order of play).
“He’s beaten a lot of big names in the last six months, it’s not going to be easy,” Prannoy said of his 24-year-old rival. “But it’s the final, I will go all out.”
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