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B Sai Praneeth earns high praise on Twitter after clinching Thailand Open title

Just six weeks after he won the Singapore Open, B Sai Praneeth made a remarkable comeback to bag the Thailand Open against Indonesian Christie Jonathan

other sports Updated: Jun 05, 2017 12:34 IST
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B Sai Praneeth won the Thailand Open title after beating Christie Jonathan in the final.(AFP)

B Sai Praneeth continued his superb run this year by bagging the Thailand Open title in style on Sunday as he defeated Indonesian Christie Jonathan 17-21, 21-18, 21-19 in the summit clash.

The 24-year-old was a game down, but fought back in a terrific fashion to win the next two games enroute to clinching the title. Just six weeks back, he had won the Singapore Open by defeating compatriot Kidambi Srikanth in an all-India final.

The news was the perfect mood-setter for the fans back home just hours before India was to take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a Champions Trophy clash later in the day. Besides fellow badminton stars and sportsmen, a number of Twitteratis and celebrities congratulated Praneeth on the feat. However, the most special of them all perhaps came from the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the king of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan.

Sharing an animated picture of himself, the veteran Bollywood star wrote: “T 2445 - Congratulations Sai Praneeth ..!! Champion of the Thailand Open, Badminton .. making India proud .. !!” Praneeth was the sole Indian left in the fray after ace badminton star Saina Nehwal bowed out in the semifinal stages of the women’s draw on Saturday.

The Prime Minister, too, lauded the shuttler for making India proud once again. “Congratulations to B Sai Praneeth for wining the Thailand Open badminton tournament. India is elated on the accomplishment: PM @narendramodi,” a tweet from the official handle of the Prime Minister’s Office read.

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 12:20 IST