Star Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated fourth seed Shi Yuqi of China to reach the Australia Open Superseries final here on Friday.
This will be Srikanth's third successive Super Series final after Singapore and Indonesia.
Earlier, Srikanth had defeated World No. 1 Son Wan Ho for the second time in two weeks to reach the quarterfinal of the tournament.
Sindhu squandered a game's advantage to go down 10-21, 22-20, 21-16 in a thrilling quarterfinal contest that lasted exactly an hour. Srikanth has taken the current world champion to three games only once (at the Hong Kong Open in November 2014), and has capitulated in straight games on four occasions, over the past three years.
After an initial period of wariness, when both players tried keeping each other away from the net by playing long rallies, Srikanth switched to an all-out attack from 9-6 in the opening stanza.
In the second game, Srikanth maintained a strong lead making it 9-6 before Praneeth managed three points in a row to equalise at 9-9.
"It's going great so far, I just want to play well", he said.
Continuing to display dominant form, Srikanth controlled the game, taking a six-point lead through his powerful play and crosscourt smashes at 14-8. Although Yuqi won the next three points on offer, Srikanth nullified his opponent's courageous attempt to make it 19-13 in his favour and with a smash, he scampered his way to the final. However, he could not hold the higher-ranked player as Srikanth extended his lead to 11-9 at the break.
World No.11 Srikanth had beaten Shi Yuqi, victor of the 2016 French Super Series, at the Singapore Open this year.
On the other hand, Sindhu crashed out of the semi final as she failed to secure a win against world no.1 Ying.