Double Bonanza: Praneeth, Manu-Sumeeth win titles at Canada
Calgary (Canada): It was double bonanza for India at the Canada Open as B Sai Praneeth and Rio-bound men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy clinched twin crowns after winning their respective title clash at the USD 55,000 Grand Prix badminton tournament here.
The 23-year-old Praneeth, seeded fourth, dished out a dominating game to defeat Korea's Lee Hyun Il 21-12 21-10 in the men's singles final that lasted less than half an hour yesterday at the Markin MacPhail Centre.
Top seed Manu and Sumeeth Reddy, who became the first Indian men's doubles pair to qualify for the Rio Olympics, received a big boost when they defeated local combo of Adrian Liu and Toby Ng 21-8 21-14 in a lop-sided final here.
Plagued by injuries and indifferent form, Praneeth has been making early exits from tournaments for quite a few years now. Of course, he had occasional burst of brilliance from time to time like when he stunned 2003 All England Champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia at Thailand Open Grand Prix
Gold tournament in June, 2013 or ruining the farewell party of Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat, a former World and Olympic champion, in the first round of Djarum Indonesia Open in 2013.
In fact, at the All England Championships this year, Praneeth had defeated two-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the first round. However, despite all these sparks of excellence, a title always eluded him.
But yesterday, all that changed as the Andhra Pradesh lad stood at the podium with his maiden Grand Prix crown at his hands.