India’s HS Prannoy emerged as the runner-up in the Australian Open Super 500 badminton tournament, experiencing a thrilling three-game contest against China’s Weng Hong Yang in the men’s singles final held on Sunday.
Originating from Kerala and aged 31, Prannoy showcased resilience after a challenging first game but ultimately relinquished a five-point advantage during the decisive game. Despite holding a championship point, he fell short with a final score of 9-21, 23-21, 20-22, in favor of the 24th-ranked player globally, Weng.
Interestingly, this encounter marked a rematch between the two players, with Prannoy having previously defeated Weng in a similarly intense three-game encounter during the Malaysia Masters in May.
The BWF World Tour consists of various tiers, including the World Tour Finals, four Super 1000, six Super 750, seven Super 500, and eleven Super 300 events, each offering different levels of ranking points.
Additionally, there exists another tournament category known as the BWF Tour Super 100 level, which also contributes to players’ ranking points. Notably, the Super 500 event falls under Grade 2, designated as level 4 within the BWF tournament ranking system.