Huelva (Spain): HS Prannoy is in scintillating form as he reached the BWF World Championships quarter-final defeating 10th seed Rasmus Gemke of Denmark; as did three other of his compatriots, including PV Sindhu.
Prannoy ranked 32nd in the world, was one game down before clinching the 16-21, 21-8, 22-20 win over the 24-year-old Dane in a match that lasted an hour and 16 minutes to enter the last eights.
The 29-year-old Indian will be up against Loh Kean Lew of Singapore in the quarterfinal clash on Friday.
On his way to quarters, Prannoy registered 21-7, 21-17 win over Liew Daren of Malaysia in the second round. Earlier, he defeated NK Long of Hong Kong by 13-21, 21-18, 21-19 in the preliminary round.
Twenty-year-old Lakshya Sen also booked his berth in the quarterfinal round after beating Kevin Gordon of Guatemala 21-13, 21-8 in just 32 minutes.
For the first time, as many as four Indian shuttlers will feature in the BWF Worlds quarterfinal on Friday and are just a win away to secure medals.
Reigning champion PV Sindhu will be the first of the Indian shuttlers on Friday in the quarters, as she takes on World no.1 and Tokyo Olympics Silver medallist Tai Tzu Ying in the women’s singles event.
Former world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth will face Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands, while Lakshya will lock horns with Chinese opponent Zhao Jun Peng.