Srikanth had earlier defeated world No 1 Son Wan Ho of South Korea to reach the summit clash.
Compatriot Srikanth, who was playing on another court, also reached the last four round with a 21-15 21-14 win over Chinese Taipei's Tzu Wei Wang. Son looked unsafe when he came close 10-12 from 6-11 but failed to take the advantage. The duo were locked 3-3 initially but Srikanth slowly moved away to make it 11-6 with a backhand tap at the net which Son couldn't negotiate.
But Son didn't flinch and kept rallying hard till the end to find crucial points. While Srikanth banged a smash at the net, Son erred in hitting long.
"But, once I chose to attack, work up a good pace which I haven't done a bit before that phase in the final, I knew that I would be back in the match", Srikanth said.Читайте также: 10 still in critical condition after London fire
"I am very happy now". It is the last tournament before the World Championship.
Sakai, on the other hand hit a lovely drop at 27-26 to win the game. "I hope there is a lot more to come", he said.
"In the first game I could not gain control and my body still felt heavy, but I fixed it in the second and third game by moving as fast as I could to control the game", said Sakai.
The decider saw Sakai marching ahead with a 6-2 lead which he extended to 11-9 at the changeover. His net dribbles were better than Sakai and with Sakai struggling with precision, the Indian zoomed to a 19-11 lead and sealed it with two lucky net chord points.
"Well not my day I guess". "Even the one today was exhausting but this time I managed to be consistent during the important points, and it worked for me. Thank you everyone for the support this week", Prannoy said after the defeat.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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