Sai Praneeth vs Kidambi Srikanth, Singapore Open Super Series final: Highlights

first_imgIndia’s B Sai Praneeth defeated compatriot Kidambi Srikanth 21-17, 17-21, 21-12 in a tight contest to win Singapore Open Super Series on Sunday.It was Srikanth who started off on the high note by winning the first game 21-17 in 19 minutes. However, Praneeth pulled himself up and kept his composure to take the second game 21-17 after being trailing 1-6.In the deciding game, Praneeth maintained his lead since the beginning and never gave an opportunity to his training partner to settle down.Highlights: 14.19 IST: B Sai Praneeth beats compatriot Kidambi Srikanth 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 to win Singapore Open Super Series! Wonderful achievement from the man who becomes only the second player from India to win a men’s singles Super Series final.14.16 IST: Praneeth now just three points away from winning the match. It’s 18-1114.14 IST: Praneeth looks in total control now with a 16-8 lead.14.12 IST: Praneeth stretches his lead to 15-7 vs Kidambi.14.10 IST: Sai Praneeth leads 11-5 vs Kidambi Srikanth in deciding game. Wonder what Kidambi will do to turn this around.14.08 IST: Kidambi looks distraught as Praneeth races away with a 9-3 lead.14.06 IST: Praneeth sneaks in with a 3-point lead now to make it 5-2.14.04 IST: Kidambi starts the decider with a 2-0 lead over Praneeth.14.02 IST: B Sai Praneeth takes second game 21-17 vs Kidambi Srikanth to draw level in the match. Great achievement from Praneeth to force the match into the decider.13.59 IST: Praneeth grabs crucial 3-point lead vs Kidambi. It’s is 18-15 now!advertisement13.57 IST: It’s going neck and neck in the second game… the scores are level at 14-all.13.55 IST: Sai Praneeth leads 11-10 vs Kidambi Srikanth in second game13.53 IST: Kidambi doesn’t take long to snatch the lead again. It’s 10-9 now!13.52 IST: Praneeth leads for the first time in second game. It’s 9-8!13.51 IST: Praneeth makes a brilliant comeback to make it 7-7!13.50 IST: Kidambi loses the first challenge of the match. He leads 7-5 in second game.13.47 IST: Kidambi appears in total control at the moment. He opens up a 5-point lead. It’s 6-1 now!13.45 IST: Brilliant start for Kidambi in the second game. He now leads 2-0 vs Praneeth.13.44 IST: Kidambi Srikanth takes opening game 21-17 vs B Sai Praneeth. The game lasted for 19 minutes and the longest rally was of 23 shots.13.40 IST: Kidambi not letting Praneeth to settle down. He leads 19-14 now!13.36 IST: Not too many long rallies in this game as both players are aware of each other’s strategies. Sai Praneeth catches up… reduces gap to just one point. Its 15-14 now!13.35 IST: Kidambi maintains 4-point gap and makes it 15-11.13.32 IST: Kidambi now has a 4-point advantage over Praneeth at the break. It’s 11-7 in first game.13.30 IST: Kidambi races ahead with a 9-5 lead over Praneeth.13.28 IST: Kidambi leads 5-4 in neck and neck battle. Both the players know each other’s games well.13.25 IST: And the match gets underway! Praneeth picks the first point!13.24 IST: Interestingly, Praneeth has a 4-1 head-to-head record against his more illustrious compatriot, who had clinched the 2014 China Super Series Premier and 2015 India Super Series and also reached the quarterfinals of Rio Olympics.13.22 IST: Both Srikanth and Praneeth have made their way to the arena. Big moment for the Indians. However, the Indians fans probably wouldn’t know who to cheer for!13.10 IST: Meanwhile, Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl beat Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi 21-18, 14-21, 21-15 to win women’s doubles title. This is the first time in 25 years that an European pair has won the women’s doubles title in Singapore.13.05 IST: Praneeth was the first to make it to the summit clash after he executed his plans brilliantly to completely blow away his opponent in a 38-minute match.Srikanth, who had suffered a first-round exit at the India Open, then showed why he is considered one of the best Indian shuttlers right now as he fought back from 4-9 down in the opening game to never look back. 13.00 IST: For the first time in thehistory of badminton, two Indians will clash in a Super Seriesfinal with Kidambi Srikanth taking on B Sai Praneeth at theSingapore Open on Sunday. Only three nations — China, Indonesia and Denmark — have so far had two of their shuttlers playing in finals of a Super Series event.Preview: Men’s singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth on Saturday registered easy wins in the semi-finals of the $350,000 Singapore Open, marking the first instance of an all-India final in a Super Series event to be fought on Sunday.advertisementWorld No.29 Srikanth registered a thumping 21-13, 21-14 win over No.26 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia in 42 minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.In the other semi-final, world No.30 Praneeth smashed past South Korean 35th-ranked Lee Dong Keun 21-6, 21-8 in 38 minutes to sail into the final.Though Srikanth is a bigger name than Praneeth, having won the 2014 China Super Series Premier and 2015 India Superseries and a quarter-final appearance at the Rio Olympics, the latter has a 4-1 head-to-head record. Srikanth will not be happy facing an opponent who knows his game and someone who has got the better of him so many times.But Srikanth has the big-game experience that will give him an added advantage.During the semi-final, Srikanth showed his experience against Ginting. He was trailing 4-9 in the first game and then he registered an emphatic 10 points on the trot in a display of aggressive badminton. Ginting couldn’t recover from this as he conceded the first game.In the second game, Srikanth continued his high jump smashes as he raced to a 9-1 lead. Ginting tried his best to came near Srikanth but it proved to be difficult. The closest Ginting came was at 14-16. But the Indian snatched five points on the trot to seal the game.Sai Praneeth was on a roll in the second semi-final. Keun looked a bit tired and couldn’t move well, while Praneeth rocked winners consistently.A 10-1 lead in the first game paved the way to a 21-6 win, while in the second game it was almost a similar show as the Indian cantered home to a 21-8 triumph.Meanwhile, the women’s singles title will be a contest between Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.last_img

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