India's Sai Praneeth enters maiden Super Series final in Singapore

Apr 16, 2017, 02:00
India's Sai Praneeth enters maiden Super Series final in Singapore

Indian men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and B. Sai Praneeth advanced to the semi-finals of the $350,000 Singapore Open Superseries, while P.V. Sindhu and mixed doubles pair B. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost in the quarter-finals, April 14 in Singapore.

In another semi-final today, another Indian badminton star, Kidambi Srikanth, will clash with Indonesia's Anthony Ginting.

Earlier, Praneeth, who had reached the finals at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January before being laid low by a shoulder injury, continued his rampaging run in the tournament to thrash three-time Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold victor Lee 21-6 21-8 in a lop-sided semifinal match. Interestingly, Praneeth has a 4-1 head-to-head record against his more illustrious compatriot, who had clinched the 2014 China Superseries Premier and 2015 India Superseries and also reached the quarterfinals of Rio Olympics.

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World No. 26 Ginting pounced on Srikanth's tentative approach at the beginning of the match and took a 9-4 lead. Ginting couldn't recover from this as he conceded the first game. Praneeth continued to lead by a comfortable margin and closed out the game in 20 minutes. Ginting tried his best to came near Srikanth but it proved to be hard. But the Indian snatched five points on the trot to seal the game. Keun looked a bit exhausted and couldn't move well, while Praneeth rocked winners consistently.

Sindhu, current World No. 5, went down 11-21, 15-21 against Marin.

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