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Saina Nehwal loses in Thailand Open semis

04 June 2017

Earlier in the day, Indian shuttler B. Sai Praneeth sailed into the semifinals of the of the United States dollars 120,000 Thailand Grand Prix Gold after registering a straight-game win over local player Kantaphon Wangcharoen here today.

Saina won her match against H Suzuki 21-15, 20-22, 21-11, while Praneeth beat K Wangcharoen in straight games of 21-16 21-17. Sai Praneeth led from the start and it was only a matter of minutes before he closed the game in his favour. But Suzuki won back to back points.

The former world number one is struggling to get back to her best following her return from knee injury. Sai Praneeth, though, was determined to not take the match into the decider and found legs to clinch the next seven points and take a 10-3 lead.

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She began to look increasingly frustrated by her performance, losing a second-set tiebreak before twice being broken in the third. The 18th seed, fired a total of 20 aces, including six in the first set alone, which he raced through in 30 minutes on Tuesday.

The first game saw no trouble for the third seed and expected it was another win to his name. Nehwal's win means that three of the top four seeds in the women's singles draw have made it to the semis, with only Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon, seeded first, still left to play her quarter-final clash.

Read Also: Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal, B Sai Praneeth reach quarterfinals In the semi-finals, World No. 24 Praneeth will meet the victor between Thai duo of World No. 11 Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk and World No. 71 Pannawit Thongnuam.

Praneeth will now take on fourth seed Jonathan Christie - who registered a 21-9 21-18 win over Malaysia's Joo Ven Soong in the other semi-final match - in the summit clash on Sunday.

Saina Nehwal loses in Thailand Open semis