India shuttler B Sai Praneeth
Former world championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth showed nerves of steel to outwit in-form HS Prannoy in a thrilling three-setter as Telangana blanked Kerala 3-0 to win the coveted mixed team badminton gold at the National Games here on Monday.
Enduring a dip in form for over a year now, Tokyo Olympian Praneeth finally had something to cheer about as he dug deep into his reservoir to see off Kerala*s top shuttler Prannoy 18-21 21-16 22-20 to give Telangana a 2-0 lead.
His victory came on the heels of another brilliant show by the husband-and-wife duo of B Sumeeth Reddy and N Sikki Reddy, who got the better of the youthful pair of MR Arjun and Treesa Jolly 21-15, 14-21, 21-14 in a thrilling battle.
In the women*s singles, Samiya Farooqui beat TR Gowrikrishna 21-5 21-12 to seal the win for Telangana. Telangana*s decision to field the experienced Sumeeth and Sikki ahead of n Goud and Gopichand, paid dividends.
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