HS Prannoy progressed to the All England Championships quarter-finals with a convincing win but Kidambi Srikanth lost his pre-quarters match to bow out of the tournament.
HS Prannoy looked uncomfortable as he took the court against compatriot Shreyansh Jaiswal and handed over the match to his younger colleague 4-21 6-21.
Bengaluru Blasters set up a potentially explosive championship match with Hyderabad Hunters after notching up a hard-fought victory over Ahmedabad Smash Masters in the second semifinal of the third Premier Badminton League on Saturday.
Ahmedabad Smash Masters secured a berth in the semifinals of Premier Badminton League (PBL) with a crushing 5-0 win over Mumbai Rockets on the final day of the Chennai leg on Tueday.
HS Prannoy began his new year in style as he registered a stunning victory over World No. 3 Kidambi Srikanth 15-8, 15-11 in the Premier Badminton League on Tuesday.
While Sindhu accepts the gap in the women's bench strength, she feels junior need to be given time to excel on the international stage.
World No. 10 HS Prannoy continued his sublime form as Ahmedabad Smash Masters outplayed Hyderabad Hunters 4-3 in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) on Friday.
PV Sindhu has been playing continuously for the last three weeks, participating in the Denmark Open, French Open and the National Championship in Nagpur.
Newly-crowned national champion HS Prannoy broke into top-10 by jumping a spot in the latest BWF World rankings.
While Saina lost 18-21, 11-21 against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi, world no. 11 Prannoy was stunned by 53rd ranked Cheuk Yiu Lee of Hong Kong 21-19 21-17.
Former World No.1 Saina upstaged Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu in the national finals last week to claim her third championship crown, while Prannoy stunned Kidambi Srikanth to clinch his maiden title at the 82nd edition of the event at Nagpur.
Ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Thursday said that Indian badminton is on the rise and much better results will be in the offing if the hard work is sustained.
Second seed Prannoy, who achieved his career-best ranking of World No 11 last week, saw off top seed Srikanth 21-15 16-21 21-7.
World No 2 Kidambi Srikanth and giant-killer H S Prannoy will clash in the men's singles final at the 82nd Senior Badminton National championship
Olympic medallists P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal sailed into the women's singles semi-finals while men's world number two Kidambi Srikanth also notched up a comfortable win.
Srikanth will have a chance to topple Viktor Axelsen with some good show in the upcoming events at China and Hong Kong.
India's Kidambi Srikanth came back from a game down to beat compatriot HS Prannoy and enter his maiden French Open Superseries final.
French Open Superseries Semi-final Highlights: PV Sindhu crashed out after losing to Akane Yamaguchi, Kidambi Srikanth advanced to final after beating his compatriot HS Prannoy.