Sai Praneeth lost to Rajiv Osupeh in the 3rd round of Bitburg Open played at Germany late last night. It was a dominating performance by the England player who played some excellent badminton as Praneeth gave a tough fight to Ospueh and never allowed him to come back into the match.
In the first game Praneeth started off to a great start taking a 5-1 lead. The Indian player took an 11-10 lead at the interval. After the interval Rajiv came back to reduce the gap to 12-13. Soon after the England player leveled the score at 14-14. Pranneth managed to take 16-15 lead and took four successive points for 19-15 lead. Praneeth took the first game 21-17.
In the second game Rajiv dominated the game right from the start and never allowed Praneeth to come back into the match. Rajiv took 11-3 lead at the interval. After the interval Rajiv continued to dominate and won the second set 21-6.
In the third and deciding game it was closely fought game as both players fought for each. Praneeth began well taking 9-7 lead. Rajiv came back to reduce the gap to 8-9. At the interval Praneeth led 11-10. After the interval Rajiv equaled the score at 11-11. Rajiv then took a 14-12 lead and continued to take the lead. Praneeth tried his best to comeback into the match but Rajiv won the game 21-18.
With this the journey in this tournament ends for India.