BWF World Championship 2019: Sai Praneeth beats Jonatan Christie to reach Semi-final
Sixteenth-seeded Sai Praneeth beats Indonesia's fourth-seeded Jonatan Christie to make it to the semi-final of the BWF World Championship.
After a scintillating display by P V Sindhu to reach the semi-finals of the BWF World Championship 2019, Sai Praneeth beats Indonesia's fourth-seeded Jonatan Christie to make it to the last four of the tournament in Men's Singles event. The 16th seeded Indian beats Christie 24-22, 21-14.
The win marks history for Praneeth as he becomes the first Indian after 36 years to reach the semi-finals of the BWF World Championship. The last time this feat was achieved by the legend Prakash Padukone when he picked up the bronze medal in 1983. Both Sindhu and Praneeth's wins ensure India 11 medals in the history of the BWF World Championship.
After a neck-to-neck contest in the first game, Praneeth found the edge over the Asian Games gold medallist with his fiery composure. In the second game, Praneeth swiftly took a lead as he maintained an eight-point lead at the half-way mark. Christie pulled off a valiant effort to comeback inching close to the Indian, making it 15-12. However, Praneeth exhibited dominance and eventually bagged the match.