Tokyo Olympics: B. Sai Praneeth bows out after poor show in Badminton
After his disappointing display in his first match, Sai Praneeth gets knocked out of Tokyo Olympics after Mark Caljouw crushes him in straight sets
India's only entrant in this year's Men's Singles event in badminton, the 13th seeded Sai Praneeth's disappointing campaign came to an end today as he got humbled by Mark Caljouw in identical straight sets, 14-21, 14-21 at the Tokyo Olympics.
Arjuna Awardee Sai Praneeth who became the first Indian male shuttler in 36 years to win a bronze medal in the BWF World Championships in 2019, after Prakash Padukone, gave away the first set even after leading the set in the first half.
In the second set, however, he came on strong and had a firm lead of 7-3 after which the game easily slipped out of his hand and in the favour of the Dutch attacker. Sai seemed to be frustrated with his shots and found it hard to focus on the match. With multiple wrong decisions called, Sai ultimately ended his debut Olympic run with a loss.
Probably one of his most poor performing outings, so far, Sai couldn't seem to find his rhythm in the game and had no answers to the strong Mark Caljouw, who made a comeback into both the sets.