Tokyo 2020 Badminton: Sai Praneeth loses group stage opener against Zilberman

Zilberman defeated Praneeth 21-17, 21-15 in the Group D match here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 2.

Sai Praneeth in action on Saturday.   -  AP

India shuttler Sai Praneeth on Saturday lost his group stage match against Israel's Misha Zilberman in the Tokyo Olympics.

Zilberman defeated Praneeth 21-17, 21-15 in the Group D match here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 2.

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The first game was a close affair, and Praneeth tried his best to not lose out, but in the end, Zilberman managed to hold his nerve and win it 21-17.

A similar story unfolded in the second game, and Zilberman upped his game a notch and he went on to take the second game, and as a result, he won the match, without breaking a sweat.

After his defeat, The 2019 World Championship bronze medallist said that he felt he did not play 100 percent in his first match.

"I was under pressure in the first game. It was not going my way and I could not do anything. In the first game, I was dominating initially, but then it went away from me. I didn't play 100 per cent, I could not think.I need to pick myself up for the next match," Praneeth told BWF and Olympics flash quote.

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