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05 June 2017, 06:49 | Bernice Figueroa
India's B Sai Praneeth wins Thailand Open GPG 2017 title
B Sai Praneeth continued to enjoy a magnificent 2017 as he clinched the Thailand OpenGrand Prix Gold badminton title by defeating Indonesia's Jonatan Christie 17-21, 21-18, 21-19 in a closely-fought final in Bangkok on Sunday. "Even in fitness, I am really moving much faster now", Praneeth said.
In 2016, Sai Praneeth had won the Canada Open Grand Prix. Sai Praneeth lost the first game 17-21 when Christie had the upper hand by consistently taking the lead as the Indian played the catching up game.
After another couple of close points, Christie found himself 18-17 up and quickly sealed off the opening game with three points on the trot.
The third-seeded Indian prevailed 17-21, 21-18, 21-19 over the fourth seeded Indonesian in a contest that lasted 71 minutes.
Leading 17-16, Praneeth managed to bag three more points to move ahead 20-16. The Indian, while holding his nerve snatched two quick points to win the title. However, the Indian narrowed the gap to 7-8 and restored parity ay nine-all.
At 17-17, Praneeth won two crucial points to take a 19-17 lead but only to concede the advantage. The third game went right down to the wire as both the players were looking good to win the game but Praneeth kept his cool and won the game 21-19.
The achievement in the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold extended Sai Praneeth's incredible run in 2017. Soon, Praneeth levelled with his opponent at 9-9.
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