India’s HS Prannoy captured his first Grand Prix Gold title in two years by beating Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-18, 21-15 in the final of the Swiss Open in Basel.
Prannoy’s victory marks the second year in succession that an Indian shuttler has won the men’s singles title in Basel, following Kidambi Srikanth’s triumph in 2015.
After Prannoy opened up a 7-3 lead in the first game, Ziebler hit back to win the next five points in a row. The lead continued to change hands several times, but from 17-18 down, it was Prannoy who seized the initiative, winning the last four points in a row to go one game up.
The second game was much for convincing for Prannoy, who led from the start and grew stronger as the game progressed, eventually wrapping up the convincing win after 45 minutes.
Sunday’s all-Chinese women’s final offered up a big upset, as third seed Wang Yihan went down 21-16, 21-10 to up-and-coming 18-year-old He Bingjiao.
He seized an early 4-0 lead in the first game and never looked back from there. Wang briefly threatened a comeback when she reduced the deficit to 16-17 – as close as she ever got to her opponent – but again He went on a four-point run to go one game up.
In the second game, He fought back from 0-2 down to take a 5-2 lead, and it was pretty smooth sailing from that point on, as she completed the victory – her third Grand Prix Gold – in just 35 minutes.