Srikanth Beats Praneeth To Reach Australian Open Semis

Jun 25, 2017, 01:15
Srikanth Beats Praneeth To Reach Australian Open Semis

India's Kidambi Srikanth will take on Chen Long of China tomorrow in the Men's Singles final of the Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament. Srikant, who was in his third quarterfinal in the last five tournaments that he has participated in, made it to semis with 25-23, 21- win in a match that lasted for 45 minutes. However, it was curtains for Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu who failed to get the better of the world no. 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of the Chinese Taipei for the seventh time in her career.

Praneeth pulled away with four consecutive points after that point, but Srikanth again fought back to take a 20-17 lead, before the former drew level again, to take the game into a tie-breaker.

The Indian continued to hold the upper hand, building on his lead to go into the break with a healthy 11-7 advantage.

Match was tough for both of them as they know each others game in and out.

Srikanth will face anyone between Yuji of China and Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, whoever emerges as victorious in the second quarter final match.

Continuing to display dominant form, Srikanth controlled the game, taking a six-point lead through his powerful play and crosscourt smashes at 14-8. The 24-year-old Indian shuttler dominated the proceedings right from the start and finished off in straight games to reach the summit clash. India, ranked sixth in the world, crashed out of the podium race after suffering a 2-3 loss to 14th placed Malaysia in a quarter-final match on Thursday. The World number three, stomped her Chinese opponent in straight sets of 21-13, 21-18 to seal her quarter final berth. Saina, however, made a strong comeback after the break and went ahead 15-13 before Sun Yu gained eight straight points to pocket the game.

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