India’s ace shuttler, B. Sai Praneeth has clinched the Thailand Open title by getting the better of the 19-year-old Indonesian counter Jonatan Christie in three sets, 17-21 21-18 21-19.
Sai Praneeth, who was yet to drop a single game in this tournament prior to this ultimate showdown, had a difficult time on the court as he was given a tough run for his money. Winning the first game, Christie – who just like his counterpart didn’t drop a single game in the tournament – asserted his authority in style. However, Praneeth bounced back in style to clinch his second consecutive Open, having won the Singapore Open back in April and becoming the second ever Indian to win a Super Series final at the Singapore Open.
Going into the first break of the match, the Indonesian was leading the strides and he then further maintained the stature, winning the first game 17-21. Praneeth gained the momentum and started the second game in style, leading the Indonesian by 9-3. Christie soon bounced back and started breathing heavily on the neck of Praneeth. As the game was approaching the end, Praneeth managed to hold on to his nerves to win the game 21-18.
The ultimate game was closer than ever as both were trying to get the better of each other with every single shot. While the scores were stating 19-19, the Hyderabad-born Praneeth won the match point. Finishing off the game with a jaw-dropping body smash, Praneeth clinched the title.
“I was just focusing on the rallies. It was a difficult match. The rallies were going too long. But I tried to slowly and slowly build up and I am happy I could win. I thank everyone who supported me,” said Praneeth after the match.
Next stop for Sai Praneeth – Indonesia Super Series!