The US Open Grand Prix concluded on Monday with an all Indian final between HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap. Prannoy ultimately triumphed with a score of 21-15, 20-22, 21-12. In the first set, Kashyap led the way with a 6-1 advantage before his opponent clawed his way back with a series of mighty smashes. He completed the comeback and took the first set 21-15.
Not to be outdone, Kashyap fought back and the match turned into a rally fest. Kashyap ended up with a 9-7 lead and extended it to 14-10. Prannoy again pulled off another comeback to tie the game at 18-18. At 20-20, he saved a couple of game points but Kashyap prevailed to win the set 22-20. When the third and final set began, it was no holds barred between them. They fought toe to toe for a while, but a few errors from Kashyap saw his opponent take a 7-3 lead. Then, Prannoy suddenly found another gear and the score was at 15-8 in his favour. It was at that moment that Parupalli ran out of steam and could only manage to eke out 4 points. Prannoy, on the other hand, romped to victory. It was Kashyap’s first final in nearly two years.