It was the great day for young Sai Praneeth who won his first Superseries title. Sai Praneeth who is ranked no 30 in the world was able to beat many great players in this journey of title victory. He has also won the Canada Open Grand Prix last year and reached the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold final this year which gave him the lot of confidence to do well in the tournament. He defeated compatriot Kidambi Srikanth 21-17, 17-21, 21-12 in a tight contest to win Singapore Open Super Series final on Sunday.
This match will be historic for the Indian fans as this was the first time two Indian men’s shuttler were up against each other in the final fo the Superseries. The day has to end sadly for someone and it was Kidambi Srikanth who ended up on the losing side. But, whatever be the result Indians fans would be happy after seeing the performance of these two players. It’s now looking like that Badminton is getting popular among the Indian fans.
The match started with a fast pace badminton style which suited the Srikanth game. Srikanth is known for playing fast and aggressive kind of badminton and he did the same in the first set. He did not allow Sai to slow the game and make any momentum in the first set. The fast and aggressive game shown by Srikanth was too much for Sai to handle as he lost the first set by 17-21.
But, all changed in the second set. Sai Praneeth came into his zone of playing slow and long rallies which disturbed Shrikant’s game. Sai did very well to play most of the rallies on the net which Shrikant was not able to return. Sai took the second set by 21-17. It was the brilliant performance by Praneeth to come back from behind in the second set to take the set. He played the long rallies which tired Srikant and forced him to play many loose shots.
In the third and deciding set, Sai again did very well. He kept playing the slow and long rallies which put Shrikant in lots of discomforts. Also, Shrikant was the bit tired in the third set and Sai took the full advantage of this as he played many drop shots which Shrikant was not able to return. He took the set by 21-12. The game went to the third set which played an advantage to Praneeth as he had played many 3 sets game earlier in the tournament and had the stamina to go the distance.
Sai Praneeth said,”It’s always difficult to play someone with whom you play everyday. I am very happy to win today. The way I played in the tournament, I’m very happy. The support here for the Indians has also been very nice.”