Two Indian men's singles shuttlers went through to the semi-finals of the Indonesia Open on Friday after beating top seeded players, boosting prospects for an all-Indian final.
India's unseeded H.S. Prannoy beat Olympic champion Chen Long of China against the odds in a hard-won game 21-18, 16-21, 21-19 in 75 minutes.
"Whenever you play against Chen Long, it's going to be really physically tiring as always because he is a kind of player who doesn't make mistakes that easily and keeps playing," Prannoy told reporters after the game.
Prannoy was behind in the third game 11-12 before he turned the tables and snatched four points straight and eventually won the match.
"I'm very happy with the way I fought," added Prannoy, ranked 25th in the world.
Prannoy's upset over Chen Long came after he beat top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia a day earlier.
On a good day for India Prannoy's compatriot, unseeded Srikanth Kidambi, cruised to the semi-finals after beating Wang Tzu Wei of Taiwan 21-15, 21-14.
Prannoy will face Japan's Sakai Kazumasa, while Kidambi will clash with second seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea Saturday.
A host of unseeded shuttlers have beatenthe top seeds in recent days.
In the women's singles, both Japan's unseeded Sayaka Sato, who beat fellow Japanese and third seed Akane Yamaguchi, 21-17, 18-21, 21-18, and unseeded Zhang Beiwen of Malaysia, who beat sixth seed Sun Yu of China 21-15, 21-19, qualified for the semi-finals.
Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol, who beat top seed Tai Zu Ying of Taiwan, and South Korean fifth seed Sung Ji Hyun, also clinched their spot in the semi-finals.
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