India's B Sai Praneeth will be keen to raise the Indian flag high when the shuttler faces Jonatan Christie in the final of the Thailand Open on Sunday. After Saina Nehwal's loss in the semi-finals of the women's singles, all eyes will be on Praneeth, who has shown good form and maturity in the competition.
This could be a perfect chance for Praneeth to bag major headlines in Indian badminton as well. He has all the ammunitions in the bag for the final, but he needs to show some composure to win the title.
Praneeth has not dropped a single game in the Thailand Open so far. Though he might not have faced any top-seeded player, he has played some wonderful badminton to reach the final. He deserves his place.
The youngster from India is not an experienced campaigner when it comes to playing in finals. He has played in two big finals in Syed Modi earlier in the year and Canada Open last year. This could be his biggest final of his career so far, and Praneeth will want to prove everyone that he has it in him to win big titles.
Jonatan, like Praneeth, has also not dropped a single game and will be eager to keep that record intact in the finals. With both players confident ahead of the final, we are in for a cracker of a contest in Thailand.
Where to watch live
B Sai Praneeth vs Jonatan Christie final is tentatively scheduled for 4 pm local time (2.30 pm IST).
The finals can be watched live on Star Sports 2/HD (India).
Live streaming is available on BWF TV.