Jonatan Christie - Krish Majumder for Badminton NZ


Jonatan Christie was a hugely impressive winner over Sai Praneeth in the first men’s semifinal at the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Open, the number two seed lifting himself up off the canvass to eventually win with ease over a tiring third seed.

Praneeth took the first game 21-14 and led early in the second before Christie found his groove and upped the pace to claim the second 21-19 and the third in a canter 21-8 as he clearly sped up play to wear down his tiring opponent.

“Number one is physical, number two is strategy and knowing how to manage the match situation. He is a good player and very tough, the first game was not so easy for him and I knew that in the second and third games I must be stronger.

“I played in Asia last week and lost in the second round, so I am very excited for this tournament and now tomorrow in the final I must be more than prepared. I want to thank my god Jesus and the fans. In New Zealand it is like playing at home, many many Indonesians are here to support me.”

Christie was not concerned about who he might face in the final.
“They are both very good players, I think I am more prepared thanks to today’s match, and will be ready for tomorrow’s final.”