Badminton: Sai Praneeth stuns Olympic champ Chen Long in Basel, Lakshya Sen dissatisfied at China Masters
India’s B Sai Praneeth upset reigning Olympic champion and 2d seed Chen Long 21-18, 21-13 on Saturday to reach the Swiss Open Super three hundred very last at Basel.
The victory, the Indian’s first over the Chinese megastar in 3 matches, the method that Sai Praneeth has reached a summit clash at the BWF tour for the primary time since the 2017 Thailand Open final.
He will now face every other Chinese Shi Yuqi (the pinnacle seed) in the final.
The international number 22 Indian actually began to advert the underdog against Chen Long, who had in no way dropped a sport against Sai Praneeth.
And it regarded just like the in shape will comply with a similar script while the Chinese opened up a 6-2 lead inside the commencing recreation.
But Sai Praneeth showed that he wasn’t happening without combat by means of prevailing one of the longest rallies of the match to stage scores at 6-6. Though errors followed right now and Chen went into the mid recreation c program language period with an eleven-7 lead, Sai Praneeth had started out to find his footing.
He proved just that when he received 10 of the 12 factors after the restart. He changed into exquisite at the internet and become displaying the persistence required to earn a point in opposition to the high steady Chinese. In the bargain, he additionally managed to force Chen into making mistakes of his very own.
With the hole recreation in his pocket, Sai Praneeth grew in confidence, showing his repertoire of strokes however no longer wavering from the sports plan constructed around hundreds of endurance. He did lower his defend a bit whilst he allowed Chen to close in on 11-10 after taking an eleven-7 lead on the destroy. But good fortune becomes on the Indian’s aspect as a net chord gave him his 13th factor and he did not appearance lower back thereafter. He used the round-the-head to move courtroom shots with accuracy and outplayed the Chinese at the internet.
It becomes most effective befitting that he won the match with some other round-the-head crosscourt winner to wrap the match in forty-six mins.
Lakshya Sen dissatisfied by using lower-ranked participant
Elsewhere, Lakshya Sen went down preventing at the China Masters after suffering a three-recreation defeat in the men’s singles semifinals in Lingshui on Saturday.
Lakshya appeared upon as the next large element in Indian men’s badminton, fought teeth and nail for one hour and two minutes before losing 9-21, 21-12, 17-21 against China’s Weng Hongyang, ranked 154 places beneath the Indian.
Hongyang will play compatriot Liu Haichao in the final on Sunday. Haichao were given the higher of Malaysia’s Iskandar Zulkarnain 21-9 20-22 21-16 in another engrossing semifinal contest.