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Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy to conflict in Senior Badminton Nationals last

Nagpur: World No 2 Kidambi Srikanth and mammoth executioner HS Prannoy will conflict in the men's singles last at the 82nd Senior Badminton National title here on Wednesday. 

Second seed Srikanth conquered Subhankar Dey 21-14 21-17, while top seed Srikanth beat rising shuttler Lakshya Sen 21-16 21-18 to set up a rehash of their elimination round fight in the French Open barely seven days prior. 

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Saina Nehwal, who is at present positioned World No 11, scarcely started to sweat as she vanquished fifth seed Anura Prabhudesai 21-11 21-10 to achieve the ladies' singles last. 

Among others, blended copies combo of Satwik Sai Raj R and Ashwini Ponnappa will confront top seeds Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy N after they rose victors following the retirement of their elimination round adversaries Sanyam Shukla and Sanyogita Ghorpade halfway in the primary diversion. Pranaav and Sikki, nonetheless, needed to burrow profound to fight off an energetic test from Alwin Francis and Aparna Balan 21-16 22-24 21-8 out of a match that kept going minimal over 60 minutes. 

Top seeded ladies' duplicates combine of Sikki Reddy N and Ashwini Ponnappa will meet Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant in the last. The best seeded combo crushed Aparna Balan and Sruthi K P 21-10 21-14, while Sanyogita and Prajakta outlived Rutaparna Panda and Mithula U K 18 21-12 21-16 in another elimination round. Sixteen-year-old Lakshya, who secured the Bulgarian Open this year, indicated extraordinary athleticsm however needed control and reckoning. He surprised his senior ace with some of his strokes however it was insufficient to oust Srikanth. 

The Uttarakhand chap, who had achieved the finals of Senior Nationals a year ago, contended energetically for each point and after the underlying duel entered the break 10-11 subsequent to figuring out how to get brief leads at 7-6 and 10-9. After the interim, Srikanth, figured out how to keep his more youthful rival under control as he gradually expanded the lead and fixed it serenely at last. 

In the second diversion, Srikanth appeared in charge at first as he drove 11-7 at the break. Be that as it may, Lakshya delivered an engaging keep running of play, reeling off seven indicates on the jog move into a two-guide lead from 7-12 toward 14-12. His brisk reflexes helped him coordinate Srikanth in the long arouses and his capacity to create sharp crushes in the wake of getting the van early helped him to assemble a couple of focuses. 

Notwithstanding, regardless of his earnest attempts, it was Srikanth who had the last giggle as he pushed forward to a 18-15 lead with a raving success and shut the issue when Lakshya found the net. It will be another throbbing fight amongst Srikanth and Prannoy, who have played four times in their worldwide profession yet it was the previous who had the keep going giggle on last three events. The main time Prannoy had beaten Srikanth was route in 2011 at Tata Open. 

Srikanth has been as his life as he secured four titles subsequent to achieving five finals this season to join any semblance of two-time previous Olympic champion Lin Dan, three-time Olympic silver medallists Lee Chong Wei and momentum Olympic gold medallist Chen Long. 

Prannoy too have been in fine frame as he achieved the elimination rounds at Indonesia Super Series Premier and French Open Super Series to accomplish his vocation high positioning of World No 11. He had outsmarted Chong Wei twice and crushed Chen once amid the season.