Sai Praneeth settles with Bronze while Sindhu aims for Gold: BWF W’Championship

Sai Praneeth settles with Bronze while Sindhu aims for Gold: BWF W’Championship

B Sai Praneeth's impressive run at the BWF World Championships ended as he succumbed to defending champion Kento Momota. Hence, Sai Praneeth crashed out of the BWF World Championships after a semi-final loss against world number one Japan's Kento Momota in Switzerland's Basel on Saturday.

 
Momota defeated Praneeth 21-13, 21-8 in 42 minutes. With this, the 26-year-old became the first Indian man in 36 years to win a bronze medal at the Championships. The last was Prakash Padukone who also won a bronze medal in 1993.
 
On the other side, Indian shuttler PV Sindhu assured herself of at least a silver medal as she defeated All England champion Chen Yu Fei of China to storm into her third straight final of the BWF World Championships. Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, who came into the match with a 5-3 head-to-head record against Chen, grabbed the initiative quickly.
 
Sindhu entered the first break with an 11-3 lead after the Chinese went wide. In that flow, she won the first game without any problems. Chen made a better start in the second game and was neck-and-neck at 3-3 with Sindhu, but the errors again crept in her game as Sindhu moved to a 10-6 lead.
 
Then, Sindhu exploited a weakness in the backhand side of Chen to lead 11-7 at the breather. Chen saved a couple before hitting long again after Sindhu jumped to a 17-9 lead in a jiffy and Sindhu celebrated the mighty victory.



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