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Japan Open: India's campaign ends as World No.1 Kento Momota beats Sai Praneeth in straight games

Sai Praneeth's impressive run at the Japan Open came to an end in the semifinal as he suffered a straight-set defeat to World No.1 Kento Momota.

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Tokyo Published on: July 27, 2019 10:31 IST
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Sai Praneeth's impressive run at the Japan Open came to an end in the semifinal as he suffered a straight-set defeat to World No.1 Kento Momota.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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