World No. 19 Praneeth, who was awarded the Arjuna Award this year, notched up a 24-22 21-14 win over Asian Games gold medallist and World No. 4 Jonatan in the quarterfinals to assure himself of a medal at the prestigious tournament.
Badminton legend Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to win a men’s singles medal — a bronze — in the 1983 World Championship. Praneeth had won the Singapore Open in 2017 and finished runner-up in the Swiss Open early this year.