Saina Nehwal Storms Into Semis Of Thailand Open


India's B Sai Praneeth has entered the Men's Singles final of the Thailand Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament. London Olympic bronze medallist Saina, however, had to bite the dust as she lost in straight games to Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan 19-21 18-21 in 53 minutes.

21-14, in his opening match that started past midnight, went down 14-21, 18-21 to second seeded Marc Zwiebler of Germany in the second round match, which took place in less than 12 hours of his first-round clash.

Yet another comfortable victory for the Indian as he defeated local shuttler Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-16, 21-17.

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Praneeth defeated Thongnuam 21-11, 21-15 in just 36 minutes. The Singapore Open champion had beaten Iskandar Zulkarnain of Malaysia in straight games in the quarterfinals yesterday.

While Saina made some unforced errors in the first game at crucial moments, she tried to fight back in the second. But Praneeth closed the gap and reduced the deficit to one point at the break. Sai Praneeth, though, was determined to not take the match into the decider and found legs to clinch the next seven points and take a 10-3 lead. With no player ready to give an inch, it was Saina who brought up match point at 20-19 but it was Suzuki who won three consecutive points to level the match at a game apiece. From there on, he did not let his Thai opponent make a recovery and won the game comfortably. Saina wrote on her twitter handle after the win.