Sai Praneeth revels in Singapore Open victory

Rosalie Stanley
April 18, 2017

It was the first time the two Indian players were facing each other at a Super Series event.

Srikanth, a former World No.3, notched up a 21-13 21-14 win over World No. 26 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting to reach the third Super Series final of his career. The last time when the two met was in the semifinals at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold tournament this year and Praneeth had beaten Srikanth in three games.

Until Sunday, only three other countries - China, Indonesia and Denmark - had been represented on both sides of the court in a Super Series final. Ever since bursting onto the scene by winning the bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in 2010, Praneeth has managed to outwit some accomplished shuttlers such as former All-England Champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia, former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat and Lee Chong Wei. Determined to not let the game slip away, Srikanth fought hard to take the game to 17-11 but it was too little too late. A tough journey But just like the final, the journey to the title was also not that straight forward for the world number 30. He was also seen consoling Srikanth.

"I have trained for one and a half month continuously".

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Praneeth continued to dominate the proceedings and moved to a 20-17 lead when Srikanth made a service error. Riding on a run of 10 consecutive points won, Srikanth closed out the game in 17 minutes.

It seemed like one-way traffic with the Indian reaching 9-1 in no time. "Srikanth moved well and unleashed some good smashes".

Previously, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Srikanth have won the coveted crown.

Down by a game and trailing 2-7 in the second, Sai found a way to check Srikanth's aggression that had played a crucial role in deciding the opening game. She would hope to cross the final hurdle when she faces TaI Tzu Ying again tomorrow.

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