Saina Nehwal loses in semis, B Sai Praneeth enters Thailand Open final

04 June, 2017, 05:35 | Author: Felix Jensen
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TITLE-CONTENDERS Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth advanced to prequarter-finals of the Thailand Open after notching up straight-game wins in the women's and men's singles competition respectively, here on Wednesday. However, the Thai fourth seed refused to let the Indian claw her way back into the match as she capitalized on the London Games bronze medalist's mistakes to clinch the match in straight games.

Thongnuam came out fighting in the second game and though Praneeth eked out a narrow 6-4 lead, the home favourite levelled things up at 6-6.

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A couple of decisive drop shots from the Thai girl gave her the edge to eventually equalise at 18-all when Busanan won the next three points to advance to the final where she will take on former World Champion and compatriot Ratchanok Intanon. With the score at 15-15, it was Japanese who took the initiative and took a two point lead but it was short-lived as the Indian leveled things up at 17 all. Even though Suzuki showed some grit towards the end of the game, winning four points in a row, it was never going to be enough as Saina rounded up the first game 21-15. In the women's singles, Saina dominated the opening game handsomely before the World No. 132 Haruko bounced back quite well to take the second game 22-20 and level the game by 1-1.

It was a disappointing day for Saina because she had won a tough quarterfinal match on Friday. He had managed to win seven consecutive points.

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