Ace Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth has won the 2016 Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton title in the men’s singles category. In the final match played at Calgary, Canada he defeated Lee Hyun II of South Korea by 21-12, 21-10 score. He got an early lead in both the games and had full control right through the match.
Plagued by injuries and indifferent form, Praneeth has been making early exits from tournaments for quite a few years now. He made an illustrious career by defeating several renowned players and achieved the higher rankings. He came into limelight during 2003 All England Champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia at Thailand, then at the Open Grand Prix Gold tournament in June, 2013 and even ruining the farewell party of Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat, a former World and Olympic champion, in the first round of Djarum Indonesia Open in 2013. He ranks as the worlds no 33 position in Badminton World Federation.
Men’s doubles Indian pair Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy (World No. 23) also won the 2016 Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton title in the men’s doubles category. In the final match, they defeated Canadian pair of Adrian Liu and Toby Ng by 21-8 21-14 score. Reddy and Attri pair also becomes the first Indian men’s doubles pair to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.