Defending champion and India’s best bet at the Swiss Open World Tour Super 300 faced a shock exit after he was ousted by fellow compatriot B Sai Praneeth in straight games 21-14, 22-20 at Basel, Switzerland.
Sameer who is ranked well ahead of Sai Praneeth was completely dominated by the latter in a match where his resistance lasted for just 47 minutes.
The match began on an even keel and after the opening few exchanges and till the mid-game break in the first game it was anybody’s game with Sai Praneeth leading with the slightest of margins at 11-10. After the break Sai Praneeth changed gears and scored 6 successive points to reach 19-12 in no time before the game was wrapped up at 21-14.
In the second game, Sai Praneeth started from where he left in the first game and scored a flurry of points (5-0) in a jiffy without breaking any sweat. After which it was Sameer who was catching up throughout the game and he did draw parity at 20-20 but Praneeth kept his calm to hand out a surprise exit.
Sai Praneeth will now meet Frenchman Lucas Corvee in the quarterfinals.
In another Men’s singles encounter, P Kashyap failed to reach the quarterfinals as he was held by Netherlands’ Mark Caljouw 21-15, 21-16 in straight games.
In the Women’s doubles, Indian pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy eased past the pair of Nadia Fankhauser of Switzerland and Iris Tabeling of the Netherlands in straight games with a score of 21-14, 21-17.
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