Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth (born 10 August 1992) is an Indian badminton player. He became the first Indian male shuttler in 36 years to win a bronze medal in the BWF World Championships in 2019 after Prakash Padukone in 1983. Sai Praneeth was honoured with the Arjun Award in 2019. His parents are Seshadri Deekshitulu and Madhavi Latha of Palakollu, West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh. His maternal aunt was a national level badminton player.
|B. Sai Praneeth|
|Birth name||Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth|
|Born||10 August 1992|
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Career record||216 wins, 130 losses|
|Highest ranking||10 (12 November 2019)|
|Current ranking||16 (26 October 2021)|
He is an India badminton player who currently trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. The Indian right-handed Sai Praneeth stunned 2003 All England Champion Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia at the 2013 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold tournament in the first round.
In 2013 Praneeth defeated Taufik Hidayat unexpectedly early at in front of a home crowd. He defeated Taufik Hidayat in the first round match of Djarum Indonesia Open 2013 by 2-1 games with the final score being 15-21, 21-12, 21-17. A few days later on 19 June 2013, he again upstaged a much higher ranked Hu Yun of Hong Kong in the Singapore Super Series.
At the 2016 All England Super Series Premier, Sai Praneeth defeated the 2nd seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the 1st Round 24-22, 22-20 in straight sets. On July 2016, he won the 2016 Canada Open Grand Prix in the men's singles category. In the final match played at Calgary, Sai Praneeth defeated Lee Hyun-il of South Korea by 21-12, 21-10 score. It is his maiden Grand Prix trophy. In 2017, he won the Singapore Open Super Series after beating his compatriot Srikanth Kidambi in rubber games, hence becoming the fourth Indian to win a superseries title after Saina Nehwal, Srikanth Kidambi, and P.V.Sindhu.
In 2019, Praneeth won a bronze medal at the BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland after losing the semifinals to Kento Momota. In his route to semifinal Sai beat Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia in third round and reigning Asian Game's Gold medallist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia in quarterfinals.
BWF World ChampionshipsEdit
|2019||St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland||Kento Momota||13–21, 8–21||Bronze|
BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|2010||Domo del Code Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico||Viktor Axelsen||21–19, 15–21, 15–21||Bronze|
BWF World Tour (1 runner-up)Edit
The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
|2019||Swiss Open||Super 300||Shi Yuqi||21–19, 18–21, 12–21||Runner-up|
BWF Superseries (1 title)Edit
The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries had two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries featured twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year-end.
|2017||Singapore Open||Srikanth Kidambi||17–21, 21–17, 21–12||Winner|
BWF Grand Prix (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
|2016||Canada Open||Lee Hyun-il||21–12, 21–10||Winner|
|2017||Syed Modi International||Sameer Verma||19–21, 16–21||Runner-up|
|2017||Thailand Open||Jonatan Christie||17–21, 21–18, 21–19||Winner|
BWF International Challenge/Series (6 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
|2010||Iran Fajr International||Mohammadreza Kheradmandi||21–19, 21–18||Winner|
|2012||Bahrain International||Niluka Karunaratne||14–21, 21–14, 21–17||Winner|
|2012||Tata Open India International||R. M. V. Gurusaidutt||19–21, 12–21||Runner-up|
|2015||Sri Lanka International||Sameer Verma||21–18, 21–8||Winner|
|2015||Lagos International||Adrian Dziolko||21–14, 21–11||Winner|
|2015||Bangladesh International||Sameer Verma||21–14, 8–21, 21–17||Winner|
|2010||Iran Fajr International||Pranav Chopra|| Ali Shahhosseini
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