India’s lone survivor at the Swiss Open B Sai Praneeth punched above his weight and stunned reigning Olympic Champion Chen Long of China in straight games to book his berth for the summit clash at the Swiss Open BWF World Tour Super 300 in Basel, Switzerland.
Sai Praneeth continued with the form that helped him overcome the defending champion Sameer Verma. The World No.22 looked at complete ease against the 2 time World Champion, Chen Long. The match was dominated by deft touches and Long’s inability to pick the drop shots and his struggle near the net. The holder of 30 World titles did not look at his best and was dwarfed by the agility of Sai Praneeth, who had last week announced his intentions of capturing World Championship title.
Reigning Olympic champion, Chen began on a positive note against the Indian, and led 5-2 after opening few exchanges and soon eased to 11-7. But after the mid-game break the Indian changed the gears and equalized at 11-11. Soon, he had another 4-point flurry to make it 17-13 after which Long was unable to catch up with the Indian who finished the game at 21-18.
The second game saw Sai Praneeth in full flow right from the word go. Though, he kept the Chinese at bay with 11-7 margin at the mid game break, it was after the resumption Praneeth won 5 successiveve points to take a healthy lead of 7 points which made life difficult for the second seed to come back into the match. By winning 21 points out of 34 played, Sai Praneeth sealed the game 21-13 and the match, thus booking his place for the title clash where he will now face World No.2 Shi Yuqi of China
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