Praneeth, Srikanth make it an all-India affair at Singapore Open
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 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
Indian shuttlers B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth will face each other in the final of the Singapore Open.
This will be the first time two Indians will battle it out with each other to claim a Super Series event.
While Praneeth dished out a dominating performance to outclass Korea's Lee Dong-keun in straight games and reach his maiden Super Series final at the Singapore Open today, Srikanth beat 20-year-old Anthony Ginting 21-13 21-14 to enter the summit clash.
Praneeth, who had reached the finals at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January only to suffer an injury in his shoulders, continued his rampaging run in the tournament to thrash three-time Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold winner Lee 21 -6 21-8 in a lop-sided semifinal match.
The 24-year-old from Hyderabad, who had 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 a 11-4 lead.
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.
Srikanth, who has been as high as number three in the world, started slowly but eventually gathered a head of steam to overcome his inexperienced opponent.
(WION with inputs from PTI)