Ottawa: Ace Indian shuttler B. Sai Praneeth progressed through to the finals of the Canada Open after fending off France’s Brice Leverdez in the men’s singles event here on Saturday.
After going down in the second game, the fourth-seed staged a spirited fight back to register 22-20, 19-21, 21-12 win against his French compatriot in a thrilling semi-final contest that lasted for one hour and eight minutes.
Meanwhile, top-seed Ajay Jayaram suffered a major blow as he has been knocked out of the tournament after going down 21-9, 21-8 at the hands of Lee Hyun Il.
In the men’s doubles event, Indian pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri also stormed into the final round after beating Indonesian-Canadian pair of Andrei Adistia and Adam Dong 21-15, 21-19 in their semi-final encounter.
Praneeth will now lock horns with French opponent Lee Hyun Il while Reddy and Attri will meet the Canadian pair of Adrian Liu and Toby Ng in the summit showdown today.