Sai Praneeth, Manu Attri-Sumeeth win Canada Open titles

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Sai Praneeth, Manu Attri-Sumeeth win Canada Open titles

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Arun S Kaimal

07/04/2016

Indian men’s singles shuttler B Sai Praneeth and men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy clinched the titles at the Canada Open Grand Prix on Sunday after winning their respective finals. Praneeth defeated Lee Hyun-il, while Attri-Sumeeth Reddy beat Adrian Liu and Toby Ng in the final.

Ending his poor run of first-round exits, Sai Praneeth, seeded 4th, reigned supreme at the Canada Open to defeat South Korea’s Lee Hyun-il 21-12, 21-10 to lift his maiden GP title. The Indian went into the game trailing Lee Hyun-il on head-to-head record, having lost to him in straight-sets at the 2014 Malaysia Masters. However, the Korean, ranked No. 44 in the world, proved to be no match for the Indian this time as Praneeth turned on his style to brush aside his rival.

The first game started with both players matching each other shot for shot, but once Praneeth grabbed the lead at 3-2, there was no stopping him. He won eight consecutive points to go 10-2 up, before going to the break with an 11-3 lead. The same story continued after the break and Praneeth took the game 21-12 to put one hand on the title.

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The second game proved to be even more emphatic as the Korean looked lost against the prowess of the Indian. Praneeth led from the start to the finish and took the game 21-10 to take his maiden Grand Prix title.

There was a double delight for India as the men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy also secured their title after defeating the local pair of Adrian Liu and Toby Ng 21-8, 21-14. Apart from the initial fight by the Canadian pair, the Rio-bound Indian pair had an easy route to the title. 

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