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Scotland Open: Pranaav, Sikki falter in final

PTI
Published Nov 28, 2016, 10:53 am IST
Updated Nov 28, 2016, 11:02 am IST
Indian duo squandered early lead to lose the final.
The top seeds Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy suffered a narrow defeat against the Malaysian pair of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai. (Photo: Yonex All England Twitter)
 The top seeds Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy suffered a narrow defeat against the Malaysian pair of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai. (Photo: Yonex All England Twitter)

Glasgow: Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, who had clinched the Brazil Open Grand Prix in September, had to settle for runners-up award after the loss in the Scottish Open Grand Prix final in Glasgow.

The top seeds Pranaav and Sikki suffered a narrow defeat against Malaysian pair of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai.

 

The Indian pair squandered a first game advantage to lose 21-13 18-21 16-21 against Huat and Lai in the finals which lasted close to an hour last night.

In the first game, Pranaav and Sikki opened up a 4-0 lead at the start and even though the Malaysian pair clawed back, the Indian duo surged to a 11-6 lead at the break. Goh and Lai tried to erase the deficit but Pranaav and Sikki continued to move ahead and eventually pocketed the game comfortably.

In the second game, Pranaav and Sikki had a 6-3 lead which they made 11-7 at the interval but Goh and Lai caught up at 13-13 and turned the tables on the Indians soon as they reached 19-16. Pranaav and Sikki grabbed two points but could not stop their rivals from bouncing back into the contest.

In the decider, Pranaav and Sikki had a 6-1 lead at one stage and they managed to hold a 16-12 advantage after the break but a nine-point burst by the Malaysian helped them to shut the door on the Indians and seal the title.

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