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Kazumasa Sakai halts HS Prannoy's dream run in Indonesia Open semis

Kazumasa Sakai halts HS Prannoy's dream run in Indonesia Open semis

Saina was beaten by Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol 15-21, 21-6, 16-21 in a marathon match of over one hour while fourth seed Sindhu was outplayed by Beiwen Zhand of the U.S. 21-15, 12-21, 18-21.

It means he has set-up an all-unseeded final against Japan's Kazumasa Sakai.

However, both matched each other point for point as they were tied 15-all and later 18-all. Their only previous meeting was at the Indonesia Open in 2013, where Sakai won 21-13, 14-21, 21-17. From then on the lead kept shuttling between the two till the Japanese edged out the mammoth game 28-26.

The final will be held on Sunday.

This is the fourth Super Series final for Srikanth, who had reached the summit clash in Singapore in April and won the 2014 China Open and 2015 India Open.

She will face Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea in the final, who earlier overpowered American Zhang Beiwen 21-10, 8-21, 21-10. "I don't want to focus too much on rankings, but If I play like this consistently, I can be number one", he added.

Sakai rode on the confidence of winning the second game to take a 6-2 lead in the decider. However, keeping with the trend of the game, Srikanth fought back and when Son hit a drive, on a 31-shot rally, the latter's lead was cut to just a point. The Guntur-born player took around one hour to beat his opponent 21-15, 20-22, 21-16.

Prannoy secured quarterfinals after trashing the defending champion Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia in the qualifying round. I knew that Chen Long felt the same.

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