China Open: Sai Praneeth crashed out, India’s campaign over

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New Delhi: India’s campaign ended as B Sai Praneeth suffered a three-game loss to world no.9 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting on Friday in the quarterfinals at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 badminton tournament.

Sai Praneeth crashed out of the China Open after suffering 21-16, 6-21, 16-21 defeat to Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting who is world’s No.9 player.

Praneeth opened up a 3-0 lead early on and then kept widening the gap, reaching 11-3 at the break. Ginting tried to make a comeback and was 11-14 at one stage but the Indian ensured there were no hiccups as he pocketed the opening game comfortably.

In the second game, Ginting galloped to a 9-4 lead after grabbing six straight points and entered the interval with a cushion of 11-5.

The decider was a close affair as Praneeth erased a 2-6 deficit to catch up with Ginting and was ahead 11-7 at the breather. A fighting Ginting, however, turned the tables after reeling off six points on the trot to reach 13-12.

The Indonesian kept his hold on the proceedings after that to grab four match points and converted it easily to enter the semifinals.

Notably, Praneeth had reached the semifinals of the World Championships to end India’s 36-year wait for a men’s singles medal at the tournament. He emulated legendary Prakash Padukone, who had also won a bronze at the 1983 edition.

 

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