Saina Nehwal loses in semis, B Sai Praneeth enters Thailand Open final

Saina Nehwal loses in semis, B Sai Praneeth enters Thailand Open final

Saina Nehwal loses in semis, B Sai Praneeth enters Thailand Open final

Star shuttler Saina Nehwal on Friday Stormed into Semi-finals Of Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold 2017 after defeating Japan's Haruko Suzuki in Bangkok.

India had a mix day at Thailand Open as London Olympic silver medallist Saina Nehwal's campaign ended in the semifinal match against Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan 19-21 18-21 in 53 minutes.

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The world number 11 Saina, who made the women's singles semi-final, was seeded second in the tournament, while her opponent entered the tournament as fourth seed.

21-14, in his opening match that started past midnight, went down 14-21, 18-21 to second seeded Marc Zwiebler of Germany in the second round match, which took place in less than 12 hours of his first-round clash. However, Saina came back strongly to win the next two points, before levelling the game at 5-5. He had managed to win seven consecutive points. Even though Suzuki showed some grit towards the end of the game, winning four points in a row, it was never going to be enough as Saina rounded up the first game 21-15. However, the Japanese was not going to go down without a fight and brought the game back to within a point before Saina won the next three points in a row to regain her lead.

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