Praneeth storms into Singapore Open final

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Indian men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and B. Sai Praneeth advanced to the semi-finals of the $350,000 Singapore Open Superseries, while P.V. Sindhu and mixed doubles pair B. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost in the quarter-finals, April 14 in Singapore.

Srikanth smashed past Chinese fifth seed Shi Yuqi 21-14, 21-16 in 36 minutes to set-up a last four clash against Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who got the better of Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-19, 21-14.

He became the first Indian to reach the men's singles final in Singapore since it became a Superseries event in 2007.

Praneeth was the first to make it to the summit clash after he executed his plans brilliantly to completely outplay his opponent in a 38-minute match.

Srikanth and Praneeth are the only Indians left in the tournament. 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.

Lee's struggles against the world No. 30 continued in the second game and he trailed 4-11 at the changeover.

In the second game, Praneeth continued to dominate the proceedings and zoomed to a 9-1 lead.

During the semi-final, Srikanth showed his experience against Ginting. Riding on a run of 10 consecutive points won, Srikanth closed out the game in 17 minutes. He managed to narrow the margin to 14-17.

Earlier on Friday, PV Sindhu crashed out of the tournament after losing to Spain's Carolina Marin.

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