Thailand GPG: Praneeth in the SF after another easy win
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 5:30
In their only meeting before today's match, Praneeth had outplayed Wangcharoen 18-21, 21-14, 21-15 at the Indonesian Masters a year ago. On the other hand, Singapore Open champion Praneeth had an easy outing, thrashing lower-ranked Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen in straight games 21-16, 21-17 in less than an hour to sail into the semi-finals. She will now face fourth seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the semi-final.
Praneeth defeated Thongnuam 21-11, 21-15 in just 36 minutes. After winning the first game easily, she was leading 11-6 in the second.
Saina made her task hard by committing a large number of unforced errors in the second game of her match.
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Nehwal took a massive 11-3 lead in the first game, before Suzuki won some points back but could not stop the second seeded Indian from taking it 21-15.
Second seeded Saina brushed aside Slovakia's Martina Repiska 21-5, 21-10 in the opening round to set up a clash with Malaysia's Ying Ying Lee in the next round. However, Saina came back strongly to win the next two points, before levelling the game at 5-5.
Both players have met thrice in the past, and the ace Indian shuttler has won all of those matches. Saina wrote on her twitter handle after the win.