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Praneeth out of China Open, India’s campaign over

Changzhou, September 20: B Sai Praneeth suffered a three-game loss to world no.9 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the quarterfinals to draw curtains on India’s campaign at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 badminton tournament here on Friday.
Almost a month after dispatching the Indonesian en route his historic world championships bronze at Basel, world no.15 Praneeth went down to the same opponent 21-16 6-21 16-21 in 55 minutes to end his campaign here.
Ginting will now take on eighth seeded Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, who had clinched the silver at the World Championships.
Praneeth, who had reached the finals of Swiss Open early this year, came into the match with a 3-2 advantage in the head-to-head count against Ginting but he ran out of steam after winning the opening game.
Praneeth opened up a 3-0 lead early on and then kept widening the gap, reaching 11-3 at the break.
Ginting tried to make a comeback and was 11-14 at one stage but the Indian ensured there were no hiccups as he pocketed the opening game comfortably.
In the second game, Ginting galloped to a 9-4 lead after grabbing six straight points and entered the interval with a cushion of 11-5.
The Indonesian continued to rule the roost after the break, jumping to a massive 18-6 lead and soon roared back into the contest. (PTI)

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