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The Australian Open Superseries saw a change in odds for the Indian after he had lost five times in a row earlier to his Chinese opponent Long.
Praneeth, seeded third in the tournament, came from behind to beat fourth-seeded Indonesian Jonatan Christie 17-21 21-18 21-19 over in an hour and 11 minutes.
This is Praneeth's second consecutive title win, following the Singapore Open victory. He had reached the finals of Syed Modi International in January at Hyderabad, where he lost to Sameer Verma.
Singapore Open champion Praneeth, ranked 24 in the world, will take on fourth-seeded 19-year-old Indonesian Jonatan Christie, who defeated Joo Ven Soong of Malaysia 21-9 21-18 in his 34-minute semifinal clash.
Second seed Saina dished out a dominating show to dump Ying Ying Lee of Malaysia 21-11 21-14 in a 40-minute match to set up a clash with Japanese qualifier Haruko Suzuki.
Ashwini has emerged as the top doubles star as she and her new women's doubles partner Sikki finished runners-up at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold.
Sourabh, seeded 12th, survived a challenge from compatriot Anand Pawar 21-17 20-22 21-14, while third seed Praneeth, who won the Singapore Open last month, defeated Malaysia's R Satheishtharan 21-15 21-13 in another match.
Third seed Praneeth was 21-10 18-9 ahead when his rival - Indonesia's Nathaniel Ernestan Sulistyo retired. The 24- year-old Indian will next face Malaysia's Satheishtharan R.
After missing the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship to attend to her ailing father, Saina will be itching to add another GPG title to her kitty after claiming the Malaysia Masters early in the year.
South Korea on Sunday won badminton's Sudirman Cup for the first time in 14 years with an emotional 3-2 victory over 10-time champions China at Australia's Gold Coast.
South Korea, who beat China for their last Sudirman Cup title in Eindhoven in 2003, won their semi-final 3-1 over Thailand.
It was always going to be an uphill task for the ninth seeded Indian team to breach the Chinese wall and though the mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy put up a gritty show to challenge the World No. 2 pair of Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong, they ultimately went down.
It will be an uphill task for the Indian shuttlers when they take on China in the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship here on Friday.
The Indian badminton team sealed a place in the knockout stage of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship, despite Indonesia pulling off a stunning 3-2 victory over Denmark in the last match of the Group 1D here on Wednesday.
After suffering an embarrassing 1-4 defeat against Denmark in the opening match yesterday, India desperately needed to win this contest against fifth seeds Indonesia.
India, ranked ninth, have managed to reach the knockout stage of the tournament only once during the 2011 edition, while in the last two editions they couldn't even cross the group stage.