Singapore City: B. Sai Praneeth clinched his maiden Super Series title by downing compatriot Kidambi Srikanth 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 in the Singapore Open final here on Sunday.
Together they waved in joyous celebration and stood on the podium, embracing the tri-colour. In the post match interview he even confessed that "It's always hard to play someone with whom you play everyday".
"Indian badminton is going up". However, Praneeth was touch nervous on eve of the final.
Three game points to play for, Praneeth returned the favour this time with an identical 21-17 win to hang the final game perfectly in balance.
It was the first glimpse of the Sai Praneeth in a super series final which is termed as biggest sports events of the worldwide badminton platform.
"Later after the match, Praneeth said "it gives a great feeling".
'I had a shoulder injury so I skipped All England and the Swiss (Open) so I have trained for one-and-a-half months continuously. "For a stroke player like me, when things don't go right due to drift in the hall, it gets hard".
In the second game, Srikanth made fantastic use of his height and raced to a 5-1 lead in no time. The way I played in the tournament, I'm very happy. In no time, he had surged ahead 15-14. It was Praneeth's all round play and array of strokes that pinned his rival down. Praneeth zoomed to a 9-1 lead in the second game. "I think maybe I lacked a little bit of match practice in the end". Srikanth took 42 minutes to get past Ginting. A tough journey But just like the final, the journey to the title was also not that straight forward for the world number 30.
In the Women's Singles event, Rio Olympic Silver medalist Sindhu will battle it out in the last-8 stage against Rio Olympic Gold medalist Carolina Marin of Spain.