Little India in Singapore: It's Srikanth vs Praneeth in final

Little India in Singapore: It's Srikanth vs Praneeth in final

Apart from this being the first instance of two Indians playing each other in a Superseries final it was also the first time two unseeded players did so in the history of the tournament.

Praneeth, 24, who had clinched the Canada Open past year, showed excellent footwork near the forecourt and also produced some superb flicks from the baseline to completely outclass Lee, who simply couldn't read the Indian's game. But Praneeth asked for another Indian flag and handed the other one to his compatriot Srikanth. "I played well today and dominated him in the rallies", said Praneeth adding that he has no special plans for Srikanth. I was bit tentative at the start. A tough journey But just like the final, the journey to the title was also not that straight forward for the world number 30. Surprisingly, Srikanth steadily slumped and Praneeth, with growing confidence, raced to clinched the match. My net game too improved. Praneeth led by a comfortable margin throughout and closed out the game in 20 minutes. "This helped me to draw level at eight-all before I took 11-10 lead".

Srikanth did not relent either and came up with down the line smashes to grab five game points. Explaining the logic behind his stand, Gopi Chand told Mirror, "According to me it is ok to go play those tournaments for exposure and ranking when you are 18-19". "My win in the second game was the turning point of the match". This resulted in errors from Ginting's racket and Srikanth building a strong 91 lead.

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In the final game, Praneeth opened up a 10-4 lead and never looked back. "I was very impressed with his game today".

Having beaten in-form shuttlers of the likes of Emil Holst, Qiao Bin and Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk enroute to the title match, Sai will be hoping to put another one across Srikanth and win his maiden Superseries crown.

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