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Praneeth eases into Vietnam Challenge semis

Dev Sukumar
EXPERT COLUMNIST
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766   //    31 Mar 2012, 13:13 IST

Sai Praneeth

Hanoi: Former national junior champion Sai Praneeth moved into the semifinals of the Vietnam International Challenge with a straight games win over his Thai opponent. On Saturday, Praneeth will take on top seed Derek Wong of Singapore for a spot in the final.
Fellow-Indians Tarun Kona and Arun Vishnu will also be seen in action on Saturday, as they will take on Ricky Suwardi/ Muhammad Ulinuha of Indonesia in the semifinals.
On Friday, fourth seed Praneeth eased past Thammasin Sitthikom of Thailand in 40 minutes, winning 21-15 21-15. Seventh seeds Tarun Kona and Arun Vishnu were just as authoritative in a 21-17 21-19 victory over Chu-En Huang/ Chia Yu Lin in 32 minutes.
However, several Indian pairs bit the dust. Fifth seeds Akshay Dewalkar/ Pranav Chopra went down in a close three-setter against the second seeded Indonesians Gideon Fernaldi/ Rahmanto Putra 21-14 13-21 21-18, while the women’s doubles pair of Sikki Reddy/ Aparna Balan and the mixed pair of Arun Vishnu/ Aparna Balan too crashed out in three games.

Dev Sukumar
EXPERT COLUMNIST
Dev S Sukumar is the recipient of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Media Award, 2011. He is India's most widely travelled badminton writer, having covered several international tournaments, including the Olympics, the Asian Games, the CWG Games, World Championships, the All England, the Denmark Open, the Malaysia Open, etc. He has covered badminton for over ten years now. During this period he has met fascinating characters, witnessed great matches, and has authored a biography of Indian badminton great Prakash Padukone. He has written on the game for several publications, including Sports Illustrated, Mint, Badminton Asia magazine, The New Indian Express, Hindustan Times, DNA and IANS. He tweets at twitter.com/shuttlemania
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