New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Hemanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday announced a cash reward of Rs three lakh for shuttler B. Sai Praneeth for his title-winning exploits at the Thailand Open Grand Prix.

Sai Praneeth (Image Source: Google)

Coming into the tournament after winning his first Superseries title in Singapore, the Hyderabadi shuttler was at his brutal best as he saw off a strong challenge from Jonatan Christie of Indonesia 17-21, 21-18, 21-19 in the summit clash in Bangkok to annexe his second consecutive title.

World No.22 Sai’s win in the final of Thailand did not only see him achieve a rare feat of winning a back-to-back title for the first time in his career but also extend his unbeaten run to 11 matches.

“It is a matter of extreme pride for me and the whole of BAI to see Sai take the podium in Thailand. I called him right after the game and congratulated him,” Sarma said.

Reiterating President’s views official spokesperson and Secretary General of BAI said: “It is great day for Indian badminton. We are really elated at Sai’s achievement and to celebrate that Dr. Sarma on behalf of BAI has announced a cash reward of 3lakh for the Champion’s stellar display in Bangkok.”

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