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Olympics 2021: 3 reasons why Sai Praneeth lost to Dutchman Mark Caljouw in his final group match

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The horrific campaign of Indian shipping company B Sai Praneet on Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games ended in a second consecutive defeat on Wednesday.

Mark Caljouw from the Netherlands downgraded Sai Praneeth 21-14, 21-14 to the top of Group D. Shutler in form became the first Dutch player to reach the men’s singles quarterfinals at the Olympics.

Sai Praneeth’s first campaign at the Olympics ended without a win because he fell in the right games. Mark Caljouw has been doing well this season and has had great confidence after reaching the semi-finals of the All England Championship earlier this year.

World No. 15 Sai Praneeth, the bronze medalist of the 2019 World Cup, was already out of competition after losing the opening match against Israeli Misha Zilberman 17-21, 15-21 in the 41st minute.

13th seed Sai Praneeth failed to show a good result and lost against Caljouw, who is 29th in the world. It was the first match between these two players in the international round.

As Sai Praneeth exits the competition, here are three reasons why he lost:


# 1 Lack of self-confidence made things worse for Sai Praneeth

There was no doubt that Sai Praneetha lacked confidence at the Tokyo Olympics. He’s usually not the type of player we’ve seen in Tokyo.

The fact that Sai failed to win either game in both of his matches proved his state of mind. He was completely weakened by self-confidence and could not play his natural game. The shocking defeat in the first match definitely took place in the background.

# 2 Sai Praneeth was expected to return in the second match but failed to react

After a sudden defeat by Israelis Misha Zilberman in the first match on Saturday, a much better performance was expected from Sai Praneeth. However, the Indian failed to seize the opportunity and bowed without a fight.

Sai Praneeth could not do anything to stop the goal; One could expect Sai Praneeth to play for pride and sign his campaign at the Tokyo Olympics with a winning note.

But the 28-year-old just couldn’t give his one hundred percent.

# 3 was Agus Dwi Santoso, but did Sai Praneethu miss regular coach Pullela Gopichand?

Sai Praneeth was escorted Agus Dwi Santoso in Tokyo. The Indonesian has been training one-on-one with Sai Praneeth for the past few months.

Ever since Agus traveled with Sai Praneeth, the head national coach Pullela Gopichand he could not go because only one coach was allowed to play due to new guidelines given the pandemic. Many experts now say that Gopichand would travel to Tokyo, Sai Praneet’s performance could be significantly improved.

Also read: PV Sindhu vs Mia Blichfeldt 2021 Olympics Badminton Individual Review: Prediction, standings, when and where to watch (IST)

Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee


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