India's Sai Praneeth enters maiden Super Series final in Singapore

B. Sai Praneeth

Indian shuttler B. Sai Praneeth

Indian men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth advanced to the semi-finals, while P V Sindhu in women's singles and the mixed doubles pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost in the quarter-finals of the $350,000 Singapore Open Superseries here on Friday. Till now only three countries - China, Indonesia and Denmark - had had two of their players contesting a men's final at a Superseries event.

B Sai Praneeth coasted into his maiden Superseries final after defeating South Korea's Lee Dong Keun 21-6, 21-8 in just 38 minutes at the Singapore Open on Saturday.

Srikanth, the world No 29, became the first Indian to claim a Superseries title since the graded events became part of the world badminton calendar when he stunned Chinese great, Lin Dan in straight games in the final on his home turf.

Lee's struggles against the world No. 30 continued in the second game and he trailed 4-11 at the changeover.

The 24-year-old Praneeth from Hyderabad, who had clinched the Canada Open last year, came out with a well-sorted strategy and executed it brilliantly to completely blow away his opponent in the opening game.

The Indian has some big wins in his career, which include victories against 2003 All England Champion Muhammad Hafiz, former World and Olympic champion Hashim of Malaysia, and three-time Olympic silver medallist and World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

Srikanth, on the other hand, saved three match points against Indonesia's Moulana Mustofa to take the hard-fought second-round tie 18-21, 21-19, 22-20 in an hour and 21 minutes.

The momentum having swung his way, the hard-smashing Indian ran to a 7-1 lead in the second game. However, from 4-9 down, Srikanth not only erased the deficit but also grabbed a slender 11-10 lead at the break. But Srikanth upped his game again and winning five consecutive points from there took him to his third Superseries final.

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