Sai Praneeth B - Luke Lee for Badminton NZ

CHRISTIE AND PRANEETH INTO MEN’S SINGLES SEMI’S IN DIFFERENT FASHION

One of the most impressive performances early on quarterfinals night came from Sai Praneeth (IND), the third seed was a class above Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne in a one sided 21-7, 21-9 romp in the men’s singles, booking a semifinal against second seed Jonatan Christie (INA).

 “I think today everything went well, for me it was a tricky match yesterday and once I won that one I gained confidence that I could show today,” said Praneeth.

 “Speaking frankly I think this is a match I should win convincingly, from the start my strokes were going good and that leads to confidence. The game is all about confidence because everyone is playing at such a good level.”

 Jonatan Christie (INA) won his match against countryman and sixth seed Tommy Sugiarto and will now face Praneeth, but the win was not in the fashion he would have enjoyed. Sugiarto withdrew midway through the second game, having won the first 21-17, suffering from double vision. After trying on multiple occasions to continue, the former world number three reluctantly had to shake hands and seek further treatment.