Singapore Open | Srikanth and Praneeth set up historic all-India final

Jeannette Daniel
April 16, 2017

Praneeth defeated three-time Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold victor Lee 21 -6, 21-8 in a lop-sided semi-final match.

Four unseeded players will contest the semi-finals of the Singapore Open on Saturday after the last two remaining seeds in the men's draw were eliminated.

In the opening game, Praneeth, who had lost to the Korean at the 2015 Japan Open, grabbed a healthy 11-1 lead at the break and then toyed with his rival to grab the game easily. Praneeth zoomed to a 9-1 lead in the second game.

After losing the first game 15-21 to Tanongsak, Praneeth came back hard and took the second game away 21-14 displaying his class and dominance and sent the match in decider.

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The Indian has some big wins in his career, which include victories against 2003 All England Champion Muhammad Hafiz, former World and Olympic champion Hashim of Malaysia, and three-time Olympic silver medallist and World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

In the second semi-final, Srikanth roused himself after a poor start against Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the first game and strode into the final with a typical, aggressive performance.

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. Srikanth, however, made a surprising recovery and, aided by a few errors from his opponent, even went into the changeover a point ahead. But the Indian snatched five points on the trot to seal the game.

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