Singapore, April 15: Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth today swiftly entered into the finals of Super Series Badminton final at the Singapore Open. Notably, Sai Praneeth defeated South Korea's Lee Dong-keun in straight games by 21 -6, 21-8 to enter into finals.
However, Indian shuttler Praneeth outclassed three-time Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold winner Lee and reached his maiden Super Series Badminton final. Praneeth, who had reached the finals at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January only to suffer an injury in his shoulders, continued his winning campaign.
The 24-year-old Praneeth who hails from Hyderabad, earlier clinched the Canada Open last year, came out with a well-sorted strategy and executed it brilliantly to completely blow away his opponent in the opening game. In the second game, Praneeth continued to dominate the proceedings and zoomed to a 9-1 lead. The Korean managed to reduce the deficit to 4-10 before the Indian entered the break with an 11-4 lead.
Importantly, Praneeth 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 another semifinal today, Kidambi Srikanth will clash with Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting. However, Srikanth and Praneeth are the only Indians left in the tournament.Yesterday, Rio Olympics Silver medalist PV Sindhu made an exit in the quarterfinals after losing to 4th placed Carolina Marin of Spain. The pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sumeeth Reddy also bowed out.