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Srikanth, Praneeth Advance to Semis, Sindhu Loses at Singapore Open


With their stellar performance the two Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth outclassed their respective opponents in men's singles semi-finals, and will now clash with each other in the finals of the Singapore Open.

To reach the final, Srikanth managed 21-13, 21-14 win over Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

Praneeth coasted into his maiden Superseries final after defeating South Korea's Lee Dong Keun 21-6, 21-8 in 38 minutes. It was double delight for India as, it's for the first time in the history of the game, two Indians will clash for the title in a Superseries event.

Praneeth, 24, who had clinched the Canada Open previous year, showed excellent footwork near the forecourt and also produced some superb flicks from the baseline to completely outclass Lee, who simply couldn't read the Indian's game.


World No. 26 Ginting pounced on Srikanth's tentative approach at the beginning of the match and took a 9-4 lead.

In the second game, Srikanth continued his high jump smashes as he raced to a 9-1 lead. The 21-year-old, who won the French Superseries title last year, came close to winning the All England Championships last month after beating Lin in the semi-final but the world number eight lost to Lee Chong Wei in the title match.

Srikanth continued in the same vein after the interval to move to 16-10 at one stage.

Yesterday, Rio Olympics Silver medallist PV Sindhu made an exit in the quarterfinals after losing to 4th placed Carolina Marin of Spain.

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