(Odisha Sports): Indian shuttler B. Sai Praneeth made an early exit from the ongoing Korea Open Super 500 tournament after he was forced to retire midway in his first-round match against Anders Antonsen of Denmark on Wednesday. The 27-year-old had lost the first game 9-21 and was trailing 7-11 in the second when he chose to retire because of injury.
Praneeth had entered the Korea Open on the back of an exit at the quarterfinal stage of the China Open last week where he lost to World No. 9 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. Earlier, he had won bronze medal at the World Championships at Basel in men’s singles category. India’s challenge at the Korea Open will continue, with Parupalli Kashyap, P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal in singles action later today.