Monday, 18 June, 2018

Super Srikanth lifts Australian Open Super Series

Shuttler Srikanth Beats Praneeth, Will Head to Australia Open Semis; Sindhu, Nehwal Crash Out Srikanth to take on Chen Long of China in final of Australian Open
Rita Gibson | 28 June, 2017, 22:30

Star Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated fourth seed Shi Yuqi of China to reach the Australian Open Superseries final here on Saturday.

Chen then hit a service error to give Srikanth his first match point opportunity and he converted it soon after as the Chinese hit a return long to win the match and his second Super Series final in two weeks.

This is Srikanth's second straight title victory in a week as he had won the Indonesian Open Super Series Premier last week. He became the second Indian to win Australian Open Series after Saina Nehwal, and the first Indian male to win this championship.

"Badminton player Kidambi Srikanth recently won the Indonesia Open".

In three consecutive SS finals, he has clinched two titles.

Chen won a 78-minute struggle over two-time Olympic and five-time world champion Lin Dan 21-16, 12-21, 23-21.

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"As a whole I played very well, but since I arrived in Sydney I have gastroenteritis and have had diarrhoea, so I have not been at my best physical condition", Srikanth said to PTI. "I had to be patient and my fitness paid off", Srikanth said after the match. Another former India cricketer Virender Sehwag also extended his best wishes as he wrote, "Congratulations @srikidambi on beating reigning Olympic & World Champion Chen Long & winning a 4th Superseries title". To know more, visit Nostragamus.inKidambi Srikanth or Chen Long? "I congratulate him for yet another wonderful win", Modi wrote on his twitter handle. I missed competitive badminton and wanted to enjoy the match.

It was also Srikanth's first win over the Chinese in six meetings. For this over six-foot giant is the current Olympic Champion, twice world champion and has also bagged the reputed All England title.

Tailing 17-19 in the last, Srikanth displayed some quality shots and smashes to make it 21-19.

Srikanth has been in aggressive form last fortnight snapping at opponents with his rushes to the net and whipping smashes but was acutely aware of Long's ability to find a toehold from a clutch of winners.

"After the Rio Olympics I had an injury and was a bit nervous".

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