Singapore Open Final: B Sai Praneeth wins the Singapore Super Series title

With this victory B Sai Praneeth has captured his maiden Superseries title.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: April 16, 2017 2:51:31 pm
Singapore Open Final: Kidambi Srikanth came out second best to B Sai Praneeth in the title decider.

Thus in the historic all India superseries final it is B Sai Praneeth who came up trumps against Kidambi Srikanth. In the beginning it seemed that Srikanth was once more having the edge over his opponent. However, after going down 1-6 in the second game, Praneeth made a sensational comeback to win the second game 21-17. From thereon, Praneeth was all over his opponent. He won the third set 21-12 and thus clinched his maiden superseries title.

1418 hrs IST: Thats it ! Sai Praneeth has done it. From 1-6 done, he pulled himself together. Started to attack more and has the victory. Wins the third game 21-12. 

1418 hrs IST: Fast drop shot from acute angle. Match point for Praneeth

1417 hrs IST: Praneeth hits another cross court smash. Is just three points away from victory. Leads 18-11

1415 hrs IST: Srikanth gets a point.  Hits a brilliant smash. Tries to stay alive in the match. Trails 17-11 

1414 hrs IST: Praneeth is looking confident by the minute. Has a 8 point advantage over Srikanth. Leads 16-8 

1412 hrs IST: After the break Praneeth once more plays another good net shot. Plays tighter to the net. Leads 13-7

1408 hrs IST: Brilliant net shot by Srikanth. Should give him some confidence. At the break he trails 11-5

1408 hrs IST: Suddenly Praneeth is on a roll and is dominating proceedings. Leads 10-4

1407 hrs IST: Praneeth is turning it around. Does a good netplay and gets another point. leads 6-3

1404 hrs IST: Third game underway. Srikanth leads 2-1.

1401 hrs IST: Service error by Srikanth. game point for Praneeth. He wins the second game 21-17. It’s 1-1 after two sets

1359 hrs IST: Praneeth shows a clever play. Smashes one over the head of his opponent and gets another point. Leads 18-15

1359 hrs IST: Challenge from Praneeth. Looses it. 16-15

1355 hrs IST: After the break Praneeth shows a cool head wins another point. Leads 15-14

1352 hrs IST: In the break, it is Praneeth who is leading 11-10.

1352 hrs IST: After Srikanth was crusing 6-1, its all level now. Praneeth has made a comeback and needs to continue with the momentum

1352 hrs IST: A magnificent smash by Srikanth. leads 8-7

1350 hrs IST: Praneeth slowly tries to claw back into the game. 5-7

1349 hrs IST: Praneeth makes the first service error of the match. 7-2

1347 hrs IST: Srikanth looks in fine control and leads 6-1

1345 hrs IST: Second game gets underway

1343 hrs IST: Srikanth wins the opening game after opening up the court and backhand push is in. 21-17 in 19 minutes

1342 hrs IST: Lovely angle finding by Praneeth from both right and left side of the court. Opens the court with a forehand angle, Srikanth returns, backhand angle, Srikanth returns, but another angle is a bit too much. 17-21. 23 shot rally that

1341 hrs IST: Squanders the first chance at 20-15. Gentle backhand push is straight into the net

1339 hrs IST: Sai Praneeth looks to be a bit slower than he should be if he needs to win this. Srikanth making the most of the chances. Moving the shuttle around from right to left and with that, brings up game point

1338 hrs IST: Sai Praneeth a bit disappointed with his movement as a backhand behind-the-back push is not good enough to send Srikanth back or bother enough. Srikanth continues his strong attacking game to lead 17-14

1335 hrs IST: Both men have played each other multiple times and have a good measure of each other. Thus ensuring no lengthy rallies. Sai Praneeth gets the angles and gaps right. Even though he didn’t find the shot with full conviction

1334 hrs IST: This time Srikanth gets his margins just right. Pushes it from the forehand down the line for the line-kisser. 14-8. But on the next point, after good defensive work, Srikanth sends the cross court smash wide of the line

1334 hrs IST: Srikanth goes for a bit too much on the push into the final third. Sends it a touch wide. 13-8

1332 hrs IST: Srikanth goes into the break with a 11-7 lead in the opening game. No coaching help with both managed by Pullela Gopichand

1331 hrs IST: Sai Praneeth with neat netplay to have the shuttle tumble over. Deft play

1329 hrs IST: Srikanth has clawed his way back and then taken the lead now with some quick points. Looks seriously motivated to get his second Superseries title. Aims a smash into Praneeth’s body and it is not returned. Next point is a cross court smash that falls halfway into the court while kissing the line

1325 hrs IST: And we’re underway for the men’s singles final. Kidambi Srikanth against B Sai Praneeth. Both men on court. Sai Praneeth starts with two straight points to his name

1315 hrs IST: In the women’s doubles final, Juhl/Pedersen come out victorious by 21-18, 14-21, 21-15

1155 hrs IST: Number 3 seeds Kai Lu/Yaqiong Huang of China emerge victorious in the mixed doubles final. They win an intense battle lasting over an hour (67 minutes) by 19-21, 21-16, 21-11

1150 hrs IST: Order of Play at Singapore Open:

LU Kai/HUANG Yaqiong vs Dechapol PUAVARANUKROH/Sapsiree TAERATTANACHAI (Mixed Doubles)

Misaki MATSUTOMO/Ayaka TAKAHASHI vs Kamilla Rytter JUHL/Christinna PEDERSEN (Women’s Doubles)

B Sai Praneeth vs Kidambi Srikanth (Men’s Singles)

Tai Tzu Ying vs Carolina Marina (Women’s Singles)

Mathias BOE/Carsten MOGENSEN vs LI Junhui/LIU Yuchen (Men’s Doubles)

1145 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Singapore Open Superseries final. A historic moment this for Indian badminton as our own two shuttlers make it to the final of a Superseries event – a first. The Singapore Indoor Stadium will witness Kidambi Srikanth eye his second Superseries title against B Sai Praneeth who is hoping to grab his first.

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