Historic all-Indian final in Singapore

B. Sai Praneeth and Srikanth Kidambi will contest the first-ever all-Indian final in the history of Superseries tournaments at the Singapore Open on Sunday.

In recent times, India’s female shuttlers have dominated the headlines, but this week the men are stealing the show.

Kidambi was up against Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting, and just like their last meeting back in 2015, it was a win for the Indian, as Kidambi completed a 21-13, 21-14 victory.

Ginting actually enjoyed the better start of the two shuttlers, racing to a 8-3 lead, but Kidambi was able to turn the tables from 6-10 onwards, going on a run of 10 straight points to take control of the match.

Sai’s victory was even more impressive, as he demolished South Korean Lee Dong Keun 21-6, 21-8, overturning a 0-1 head-to-head deficit in the process.

It’s been an incredible week for the youngster, who had never made it to a Superseries semi-final prior to this event. Now, a maiden title is in reach.

The women’s final sees top seed and World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taipei take on Spaniard Carolina Marin, the fourth seed.

Tai, who has dominated women’s badminton in 2017, will go for her fifth straight title after beating Beiwen Zhang 21-19, 21-15.

She wasn’t entirely happy with her performance, however.

“Maybe it’s because of a change of court. I didn’t adjust too well and my racket control was quite poor.”

Marin advanced after dispatching Sung Ji Hyun 21-9, 21-12 in a match that turned out to be far more of a one-sided contest than expected.

The Spaniard is eyeing her first title since becoming the Olympic champion.

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