Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Wan Ho to enter Indonesia Open final

Wan Ho to enter Indonesia Open final

Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy will look to enter the final of the men's singles event of the ongoing Indonesia Open Super Series Badminton tournament when they play their respective semi-final matches today.

Saina was beaten by Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol 15-21, 21-6, 16-21 in a marathon match of over one hour while fourth seed Sindhu was outplayed by Beiwen Zhand of the USA 21-15, 12-21, 18-21. He will now face Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in the title clash on Sunday. Both players stayed within touching distance of each other and were level till 19-19 before Son won a match point after a long rally. Even though, Srikanth narrowed the deficit down to 18-20, Son managed to win the game on a lucky net cord. From then on the lead kept shuttling between the two till the Japanese edged out the mammoth game 28-26. The errors started to flow for Srikanth as Son won 11 of the last 12 points in the second game. Srikanth had a 2-4 head-to-head record against Son, having lost to the Korean four times in the last four meetings but all that didn't matter on the day. It took the Indian badminton star three match points to finally outclass the world number 1. Prannoy trailed 9-11 at the changeover and Sakai, who is ranked 22 places below Prannoy in the world rankings at 47, increased the lead to six points at 17-11.

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The Japanese capitalised on it to produce a strong third game and never gave the Indian much chance.

Prannoy secured quarterfinals after trashing the defending champion Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia in the qualifying round.

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