Sai Praneeth crashes out of BWF World Championships, settles for bronze

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Basel: Indian shutter Sai Praneeth’s dream run at the 2019 BWF World Championships came to an end on Saturday as he crashed out after suffering defeat against Japan’s Kento Momota.

Top-ranked Momota outplayed Praneeth, eventually sealing the contest by winning the second game by 13 points and won the encounter 21-13,21-8.

Praneeth had started in promising fashion and gave his opponent a tough fight in the early stages of the opening game.

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Momota started to assert himself after that and Praneeth started making a succession of unforced errors. Praneeth could only take two more points after the resumption as Momota took the first game 21-13.

The 27-year-old became the first Indian male shuttler in 36 years to grab a podium in the prestigious event in Switzerland. World No. 19 Praneeth, who got the Arjuna Award this year, notched up a 24-22 21-14 win over Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan in a 51-minute battle, joining Prakash Padukone in the tournament on Friday.

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