Saina, Praneeth enter Thailand Open last four

Nick Mcbride
June 3, 2017

Secon seed Saina Nehwal and fifth seed B Sai Praneeth advanced to the semifinals of the $1,20,000 Thailand Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament with convincing victories here Friday.

On the other hand, Singapore Open champion Praneeth had an easy outing, thrashing lower-ranked Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen in straight games 21-16, 21-17 in less than an hour to sail into the semi-finals.

"Tough win today #thailandGPG #quaterfinals. won in three sets 21-15,22-20, 21-11".

The world number 24 will start as favourite to reach the semi-final in the ongoing tournament, but he is likely to face a tricky test against the Thai teenager, who has been steadily rising through the ranks in Men's singles circuit.

In the third game, the Indian however, tightened up her game. The match was stretched to the decider but this time Saina gave the Japanese no chance and maintained her lead throughout to take clinch the tie 21-11.

Saina made her task hard by committing a large number of unforced errors in the second game of her match.

And finally, Saina taking control of the match again, saw her winning it comfortably 21-11. Saina beat Ying Ying Lee of Malaysia 21-11, 21-14 while Praneeth defeated Malaysian Iskandar Zulkarnain 21-13 21-18.

Earlier in the day, Indian shuttler B. Sai Praneeth sailed into the semifinals of the of the United States dollars 120,000 Thailand Grand Prix Gold after registering a straight-game win over local player Kantaphon Wangcharoen here today.

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