Little India in Singapore: It's Srikanth vs Praneeth in final
For the first time in the history of badminton, two Indians will clash in a Super Series final with Kidambi Srikanth taking on B Sai Praneeth at the Singapore Open here on Sunday.
Former World No. 3 Srikanth on Saturday notched up a 21- 13 21-14 win over World No. 26 and 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist Anthony Sinisuka Ginting to reach the third Super Series final of his career.
Earlier, Praneeth, who had reached the finals at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January before being laid low by a shoulder injury, continued his rampaging run in the tournament to thrash three-time Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold winner Lee 21-6 21-8 in a lop-sided semifinal match.
Only three nations —China, Indonesia and Denmark — have so far had two of their shuttlers playing in finals of a Super Series event. Praneeth was the first to make it to the summit clash after he executed his plans brilliantly to completely blow away his opponent in a 38-minute match.
Srikanth, who had suffered a first-round exit at the India Open, then showed why he is considered one of the best Indian shuttlers right now as he fought back from 4-9 down in the opening game to never look back. Interestingly, Praneeth has a 4-1 head-to-head record against his more illustrious compatriot, who had clinched the 2014 China Super Series Premier and 2015 India Super Series and also reached the quarterfinals of Rio Olympics.