India’s campaign at the ongoing Japan Open came to an end as B. Sai Praneeth lost his men’s singles semifinal clash to World no. 1 Kento Momota at the $750,000 tournament on Saturday. Praneeth, who had recorded an easy win over Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto to enter the semis, lost 18-21, 12-21 to Momota in a match that lasted for 45 minutes. Also Read - BWF World Tour Finals 2021 Results: PV Sindhu Ends Campaign With Win, Kidambi Srikanth Exits With Defeat
The unseeded Indian started off the match on a great note as he took an initial 3-1 lead in the first few minutes. However, Momota came back with a great fight and took an 11-8 lead at the mid-game break. Also Read - BWF World Tour Finals: Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu Virtually Out of Knockouts After Back-to-Back Defeats
Praneeth, who had been in great touch in the tournament so far, tried to up the ante and earned some points but ultimately lost the game 18-21 in 23 minutes. In the second game, the top-seeded Japanese didn’t led Praneeth take a long lead from the start and overturned a 6-9 deficit to make it 12-9 with the help of six straight points. Also Read - World Tour Finals: PV Sindhu Loses To Tai Tzu-Ying In Group Stage Match
From there on, the world number one raced to a seven-point lead and eventually won the match 12-21 in 22 minutes to make it to his second consecutive final. He will take on either Jan O Jorgensen or Jonatan Christie on Sunday.
On Friday, India’s ace women’s shuttler PV Sindhu fought hard and valiantly but in the end, it was not enough to extract the revenge of Indonesia Open final against Japan’s thunderbolt Akane Yamaguchi.
Sindhu’s winning run once again was halted by the Japanese, this time in the women’s singles quarterfinals of Japan Open. In the span of five days, the ace Indian shuttler goes down for the second time versus Yamaguchi as she loses in straight games 18-21, 15-21.