Praneeth enters final; Saina loses

Praneeth enters final; Saina loses

Praneeth enters final; Saina loses

Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth marched into the semi-finals of the of the United States dollars 120000 Thailand Grand Prix Gold after securing a straight-game win over local player Kantaphon Wangcharoen.

The 12th seeded Sourabh fought hard before going down narrowly 16-21 25-23 11-21 to fifth seeded Brice Leverdez of France while Sai Uttejitha Rao lost 15-21 17-21 to Pattarasuda Chaiwan of Thailand.

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Singapore Open champion Praneeth, who is ranked 24, will take on Indonesia's Jonatan Christie, who made it into the final with 21-9, 21-18 win over Joo Ven Soong. She will now face fourth seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the semi-final.

Second seed Saina outclassed Ying Ying Lee of Malaysia 21-11 21-14 in a 40-minute match to set up a clash with Japanese qualifier Haruko Suzuki. Sai Praneeth led from the start and it was only a matter of minutes before he closed the game in his favour.

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Thongnuam came out fighting in the second game and though Praneeth eked out a narrow 6-4 lead, the home favourite levelled things up at 6-6. From there on, he did not let his Thai opponent make a recovery and won the game comfortably. Though Saina managed to win the first three points after the break, a brilliant drop shot from the 21-year-old Thai saw her claim the first of four straight points. It was neck and neck for a while after that as both players won points consistently.

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