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One of the biggest badminton players of India, Sai Praneeth crushed all the hopes of his fans pf winning the lustrous title of China Open 2019. The strong Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth flattened against World No. 9 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia in the quarter-finals. Just one step away from the finals, Praneeth lost his game in 55 minutes of action at  Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium on Friday. Throughout the thrilling encounter against Ginting, Praneeth kept his calm but at the end, the young Indian shuttler lost his rhythm and went down by 21-16, 6-21, 16-21 scoreline.

Earlier in India Open 2019 also Praneeth lost to his Indian fellow Kidambi Srikanth in the quarter-final round. The star Indian shuttler Srikanth took one hour and two minutes of action to topple the fellow player with the close margin of 21-23, 21-11, 21-19. Though that game was a hard nut to crack against Praneeth as he took an early lead in the game but it seemed like the luck was in Srikanth’s favour. As a result, despite putting his best Praneeth bowed out of the tournament.

Where it was a sad unlucky day for Praneeth in men’s singles, reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin took her game up in women’s singles at the prestigious tournament. The world-class Spaniard paved her way to the semifinals on Friday after defeating He Bing Jiao of China by 11-21, 21-14, 21-15 clinical win. The Spanish fire had pulled out her name from the recently concluded World Championships as she failed to recover completely from a knee injury which she suffered during 2019 Indonesia Masters final. But in China Open 2019 she came back strongly and put up a great show against all he opponents. The Rio Olympic gold medallist will next take on Sayaka Takahashi of Japan on Saturday in order to secure her place in the finals.

Earlier in women’s singles the London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal went down against Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in the very first round of China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament. The 29-year-old experienced shuttler fell short by 10-21, 17-21 to World No. 8 Busanan. The Thailand star took just 44 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium to outplay the Indian on Wednesday.