Singapore Open: Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth register comprehensive wins to set up all-Indian encounter in final

Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth set up an exciting all-Indian men's singles final at the Singapore Open Super Series badminton tournament after comfortably winning their semifinal clashes on Saturday.

PTI April 15, 2017 18:13:14 IST
Singapore Open: Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth register comprehensive wins to set up all-Indian encounter in final

Singapore: Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth set up an exciting all-Indian men's singles final at the Singapore Open Super Series badminton tournament after comfortably winning their semifinal clashes on Saturday.

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.

Singapore Open Kidambi Srikanth Sai Praneeth register comprehensive wins to set up allIndian encounter in final

File photo of Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth. PTI

Earlier, Praneeth, who had been laid low by a shoulder injury, continued his rampaging return to the court by thrashing three-time Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold winner Lee 21 -6 21-8 in a lop-sided semifinal match.

It was double delight for India as, possibly for the first time in the history of the game, two Indians will clash for the title in a Super Series event.

Praneeth was the first to make it to the summit clash after he executed his plans brilliantly to completely outplay his opponent in a 38-minute match.

Srikanth then showed why he is considered one of the best Indian shuttlers right now, fighting back from 4-9 down in the opening game to never look back.

Interestingly, Praneeth has a 4-1 head-to-head record against his more illustrious compatriot, who had clinched the 2014 China Super Series Premier and 2015 India Super Series and also reached the quarterfinals of Rio Olympics.

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