This event showed Indian badminton is progressing: Praneeth

Beth Cruz
April 18, 2017

Read Also: Sai Praneeth, K Srikanth create history by making Singapore Superseries final an all-India affair For those who have followed both the players at the academy, Sai was the obvious favourite because of his style of play and the fact that he relishes opponents like Srikanth.

On this day, Srikanth raised visions of winning a third title before a resurgent Sai turned the match on its head. "It is a big morale-boosting win for me", said Praneeth, who is ranked 30th in the world, from Singapore.

Praneeth managed to get hold of two Indian flags and handed one over to Srikanth.

"I am very proud of them (Praneeth, Srikanth), they reaching the finals. I think maybe I lacked a little bit of match practice in the end". The former world number three is once again showing hunger to win major titles and his comfortable victory over All-England 2017 runner-up Shi Yuqi in the quarter-final showcased it.

"In the first game I was just feeling down because my thing was just not working and he was playing at a very good pace and he was catching everything".

Meanwhile in the match played later, Srikanth started the contest slowly and carefully to trail early on by 41. I didn t know what was wrong in my game. My net game too improved. He was all over Praneeth and stormed into a 6-1 lead before Praneeth began to claw back into the game.

Srikanth did not relent either and came up with down the line smashes to grab five game points. 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.

The Spaniard still failed to find her rhythm in the second, as a composed Tai dictated the pace and saw out the game comfortably. It was also the time when many of his compatriots were beginning to win major titles and he was looking to find his way.

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