Singapore: Kidambi Srikanth, B. Sai Praneeth reach final

16 April, 2017, 02:01 | Author: Lorraine Moran
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Singapore City: Indian men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth have created history in the badminton superseries tournament by making it an all-India affair in the Singapore Open final to be played tomorrow (Sunday).

It will be the first time when two Indians will clash in the final of a tournament.

While Praneeth dished out a dominating performance to outclass Korea's Lee Dong-keun in straight games and reach his maiden Super Series final at the Singapore Open today, Srikanth beat 20-year-old Anthony Ginting 21-13 21-14 to enter the summit clash. 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.

Srikanth can not afford to give easy chances to Shi if he is to progress to semi-final as the latter has been in fine form in the recent past.

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But Srikanth has the big-game experience that will give him an added advantage. Ginting couldn't recover from this as he conceded the first game. Ginting tried his best to came near Srikanth but it proved to be hard. With that Praneeth won the match 2-1 in an hour and 11 minutes and moved into the semis.

Praneeth, who was appearing in his first semi-final at a Superseries event, got off to a sublime start by winning the first 10 points of the match and leading 11-1 at the changeover in the first game.

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

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