It was a mixed day for India at the Thailand Open with Saina Nehwal crashing out while Sai Praneeth booked a place in the final of the event. While Praneeth registered an easy 21-11 21-15 win over home favorite Pannawit Thongnuam, Saina Nehwal lost out to Busanan Ongbamrumphan 21-19 21-18.
Saina Nehwal was made to do the all the running in the initial stages of her semi final against Busanan Ongbamrumphan as the latter raced to a 3-0 lead. However, Sania came back strong to win the next two points, before
The second game was a much closer contest as the duo shared the first 8 points equally, before Saina managed to get her nose ahead with the scoreboard reading 7-5. By then, Saina had found her rhythm and her range as she started calling the shots. Using her experience, the former Olympic-bronze medalist moved the 21-year-old Busanan all over the court as she went into the break with
Earlier in the day, India’s Sai Praneeth took on Thai star Pannawit Thongnuam in the men's semi-final of the Thailand Open. After splitting the first 4 points of the first game equally, Praneeth carved out a three-point lead to go in front 6-3. From then on the Indian was in the driving seat as he went into the break with an 11-7 lead. After the break, Praneeth kept the pressure on his opponent taking the first three points to go in front 14-7. From then on, it was Praneeth’s game to lose and though the Thai managed to win a few points, Praneeth managed to seal the first game, 21-11.
As expected, 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 all. The Thai then picked up the next three points to take lead, but at the break, there was nothing to chose between the duo with Sai Praneeth managing a slender 11-10 lead.
Finally, though Thongnuam managed to stay touch for the first few points after the break, Praneeth sealed an easy win with the scoreboard reading 21-11 21-15. Praneeth will now take on 4th seed Jonathan Christie for the title.
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