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

With their dominant wins on Saturday, Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth set up an all-Indian final at the Singapore Open.

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.

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The 24-year-old will be aiming for his second Superseries title and his opponent will be B Sai Praneeth, who had an easy outing in the first semifinal when he swept aside Lee Dong Keun of Korea 21-6 21-8. However, at Superseries tournaments, his performance has not been upto the mark as he exited All England Championships in the first round, followed by another early exit in India Open at home.

Though Srikanth is a bigger name than Praneeth, having won the 2014 China Superseries Premier and 2015 India Superseries and a quarter-final appearance at the Rio Olympics, the latter has a 4-1 head-to-head record. Lee managed to reduce the deficit to 4-10 before the Indian entered the break at 11-4.

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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. Praneeth zoomed to a 9-1 lead in the second game.

But from thereon, Indian didn't allowed any breathing room to Tanongsak and maintained a two point advantage, claimed the decider 21-19. Ginting then miscued a net dribble to give Srikanth the game point and then hit long as the Indian pocketed the opening game.

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A long rally ensued which ended with Ginting throwing his racquet in the air after miscuing a shot at the net.


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