For Prannoy, this was his maiden meeting against world no. 13 Sugiarto.
Once Prannoy seized the initiative and took a 7-3 lead, there was no looking back as he extended it to 11-4.
The Indian did well to close out the game at 21-14, and in the second game too braved a Sugiarto onslaught where he took the initial lead at 4-2, but Prannoy came back strongly to not only level the scores but nose ahead with four consecutive winners to take a 8-4 lead.
After taking the lead, Prannoy showed composure to seal the contest in his favour.
Meanwhile, Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth B Reddy finished second best against seventh seeds Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia 17-21, 19-21 in the second round.
On Wednesday, young Chinese shuttler Wang Zhiyi caused a major upset as the 19-year-old outclassed World no. 9 Saina Nehwal in a first round match.
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