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.
After a couple of top-10 wins, a brilliant @saiprneeth92‘s dream run at the #BWFWorldChampionships2019 ends with a 13-21, 8-21 SF loss to #1 seed #KentoMomota. Sai’s bronze thus brings India’s first MS medal in 36 years.
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 24, 2019
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.