Sai Praneeth battles out Srikanth to win first Superseries title 

April 16, 2017, 3:13 pm
Sai Praneeth battles out Srikanth to win first Superseries title 
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Sai Praneeth battles out Srikanth to win first Superseries title 

Sai Praneeth battles out Srikanth to win first Superseries title 

B Sai Praneeth won his first Superseries title after beating compatriot Kidambi Srikanth 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 at the Singapore Open on Sunday. It was the first all-Indian final in the men's singles at a Superseries event.

With this win on Sunday, Praneeth took his head-to-head record against his more experienced rival Srikanth to 5-1. Praneeth had won the Canada Open last year and also won the last time the two squared off. It was at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow.

Srikanth, who has won the 2014 China Super Series Premier and 2015 India Super Series and also reached the quarterfinals of Rio Olympics, began well but Praneeth showed great resilience and kept coming back it him. In the end, the fitter player on the day took the title.

Srikanth is the first Indian to claim a Superseries title since the graded events became part of the world badminton calendar when he stunned Chinese Lin Dan in straight games in the final on his home turf.