Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth settled for a runner-up end on the Swiss Open after dropping the boys’s singles last to prime seed and world quantity two Shi Yuqi, Basel, Switzerland on Sunday.
Taking part in his first last in virtually two years, world No. 22 Praneeth misplaced 21-19 18-21 12-21 to the Chinese language within the summit conflict, which lasted 68 minutes.
The final time Praneeth featured in a last was which when he clinched the Thailand Open title in June 2017.
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Praneeth did effectively to win the opening recreation regardless of Yuqi making a superb comeback from 12-18 to 19-19.
After a neck-and-neck battle until 9-9, Praneeth reeled off six straight factors to open up a 15-9 lead. He then saved shifting forward to make it 18-12 however the Chinese language managed to earn 4 factors on the trot to scale back the hole earlier than catching Praneeth at 19-19.
The Indian, nonetheless, held his nerves to win the subsequent two essential factors, sealing the opening recreation.
The second recreation turned out to be a closely-fought affair as the sport tilted from one finish to a different. The one time the Indian might need fancied his probabilities was when he bagged 4 consecutive factors to maneuver up 13-10 however quickly the Chinese language caught up with him and made it 15-15.
It went on like that until 18-18 earlier than Yuqi earned three straight factors to take the match to the decider.
Within the third and last recreation, Praneeth, who had a gruelling match towards world quantity 5 and reigning Olympic champion Chen Lengthy within the semifinals yesterday, ran out of steam and went down tamely.
Though the third recreation was additionally fought intently initially with each the gamers tied at 4-4, the Chinese language received three factors to take 7-Four lead.
However from thereon, Yuqi didn’t look again as he continued to march forward and widened the hole. The Chinese language ultimately bagged the sport and the match reasonably comfortably.