Thailand GPG: Praneeth in the SF after another easy win

B Sai Praneeth and Sourabh Verma advanced to the third round of the Thailand Grand Prix Gold after notching up contrasting wins in the men's singles competition, here yesterday.

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.

  • Lawrence Cooper