B Sai Praneeth upstaged compatriot K Srikanth to clinch the Singapore Open men’s singles title, his maiden Super Series trophy, here on Sunday.
Praneeth prevailed 17-21 21-17 21-12 in a 54-minute contest, which was the first all-Indian Super Series final in the history of the game.
The two players dished out an engaging opening game before Praneeth staged a remarkable comeback to dominate the proceedings and emerge a comfortable victory.
Before Sunday, only three nations — China, Indonesia and Denmark — had two of their shuttlers playing in finals of a Super Series event.
Praneeth, who had a 4-1 head-to-head record against his counterpart before coming onto the court, slumped to a defeat in the first game, as he had no answers for Srikanth’s brilliance. However, he turned the strides in similar manager and Srikant became the victim of his own medicine in the second game, even after taking an early lead.
Coming into the ultimate game of the match, both were breathing heavily on the neck of each other. Kidambi had a positive start, but his lead was soon cut down after Praneeth bagged three back-to-back. Going into the break, Praneeth established a six-point lead with scoreline standing at 12-6.
He soon made it 11-17 and only allowed Srikanth to bag one more point before finishing the game off in absolute style.