It was the first glimpse of the Sai Praneeth in a super series final which is termed as biggest sports events of the global badminton platform. Interestingly, Praneeth has a 4-1 head-to-head record against his more illustrious compatriot, who had clinched the 2014 China Superseries Premier and 2015 India Superseries and also reached the quarterfinals of Rio Olympics. "I played well today and dominated him in the rallies", said Praneeth adding that he has no special plans for Srikanth. The former world number three is once again showing hunger to win major titles and his comfortable victory over All-England 2017 runner-up Shi Yuqi in the quarter-final showcased it.
Praneeth too made Srikanth run for every point before closing in to make it 14-15.
Long time friends and training partners Srikanth and Praneeth played each other in practice hundreds of times.
"I know I wouldn't be able to beat Marin easily, so I was very patient when playing with her".
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Ginting grabbed three points to narrow the gap but Srikanth soon sped ahead at 11-6 with a towering smash.
After the game progressed neck-and-neck, Srikanth made it 15-16 but Sai did not allow him any more liberties and sent the match into the decider. Lee managed to reduce the deficit to 4-10 before the Indian entered the break at 11-4. "My win in the second game was the turning point of the match". "I can take many positives from this". Sai Praneeth lost the very first game by 17-21, but later he showed a great energy which resulted in the figures from 1-6 directly to 7-7.
Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand on Sunday said his ward B Sai Praneeth needs to be consistent and hoped the win at Singapore Open will take his game to another level.
While both shuttlers are expected to have good crowd support today, the one who handles the pressure better is likely to walk away with the title.