Thailand Open: B Sai Praneeth Reaches Final; Saina Nehwal Loses In Semis

Thailand Open: B Sai Praneeth Reaches Final; Saina Nehwal Loses In Semis

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Thailand Open: B Sai Praneeth Reaches Final; Saina Nehwal Loses In Semis

It was a mixed day for India at the Golden Grand Prix Thailand Open Tournament on Saturday. While the third destination Sai Praneeth B took only 36 minutes to dismantle the Pannawit Thongnuam challenge in the singles semifinals, Saina Nehwal’s second head missed the final stage of the women’s singles career to withdraw from the Bangkok tournament. She lost Thailand Busanan Ongbamrungphan in direct games.
Sai Praneeth seemed in a hurry to reach the final, as he had little time to win 21-11 21-15. While the first match was pocketed by the Indians, Thai came back strong in the second to maintain the difference of a point in the interval.
However, Thongnuam’s challenge was short-lived as Praneeth crashed big hits to take a big lead and before realizing it, he had won the second game and set the final match against Jonatan Christie, fourth seed from Indonesia. Christie beat Malaysia Joo Ven Soong 21-9 21-18 in their semifinal.
Sai Praneeth won the Singapore Open in April, his first Super Series win, beating compatriot Kidambi Srikanth.
It was a disappointing day for Saina because she had won a difficult quarter-final Friday. Ongbamrungphan against the former world number 1 lost 19-21 18-21 in a tie that lasted 53 minutes.
While Saina made unforced errors in the first game at crucial moments, she tried to defend herself in the second. However, the fourth round of Thailand refused to let the Indian enter the game as it has taken advantage of the bronze medal errors of the London Games to win the game in a draw.

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