Sai Praneeth cruised into the quarter finals of Indonesia Open Super 1000 event in Bali with a hard fought victory over world number 70 Christo Popov of France in a three set marathon game 21-17, 14-21, 21-19. Praneeth who is struggling with the form from a long time was put to stern test by the 19-year-old French but at last he just crossed the line to book a quarter final berth where he will be up against Olympic champion Victor Axelsen who defeated Kidambi Srikanth in straight sets 21-14, 21-18 to book a last eight spot.
In the game against Popov, Praneeth got off to a great start with a lead of 8-2 but Popov made it 14-12 at one stage. The Indian showed his class and just spent two more points to take the gME 21-14. The second game was a neck to neck battle as Popov lead 11-10 at the break and then soon made it 15-14 before taking six straight points to force a decider.
Praneeth lead 11-7 at the time of change of ends in the third game but Popov rallied with seven straight points to eke ahead. It was a see saw battle at last as Praneeth came from behind to level it at 18-18 at one stage but showed his nerves of steel to take the game 21-18 and book a place in the quarter final.
Praneeth will face a tough challenge from Axelsen in the quarter final and considering his recent form, the Indian has to play out of his skin to eke any positive results from the game. The biggest motivation for Praneeth will be that his countryman HS Prannoy defeated Axelsen in the pre-quarter final of recently concluded Indonesia Masters event in a three game decider and he will be hoping that he can pull off some heroics like him.
-Match start time
7 PM IST tentative
The quarter final match will be played in Friday, 26th November, 2021
Live streaming and TV broadcasters details
The streaming and TV broadcasting of the event began from round of 16 which commenced from Wednesday(24 November 2021). The quarter final clash between Praneeth and Axelsen will begin from 7 PM IST *tentative* on Star Sports 3 and fans can watch Live streaming on the Disney+Hotstar app and website in India.
For rest of the world, stream the action on BWF TV- https://www.youtube.com/user/bwf?app=desktop
US- Olympic channel