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Srikanth reaches 3rd successive Super Series final

Melinda Barton | 26 June, 2017, 00:37

The 24-year old shuttler continued his dominating run to clinch the Australian Open Super Series title beating Olympic champion Cheng Long in straight games 22-20, 21-16 on Sunday. He showed no signs of discomfort and was just ruthless with his aggressive play as he defeated his Chinese opponent in straight games to win his fourth Super Series title.

With this triumph, Srikanth becomes the sixth player ever to reach three Superseries finals in a row, joining Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long, Sony Dwi Kuncuro and Bao Chunlai.

It was Srikanth's first win in six encounters against the Rio Olympic champion, with Chen defeating the Indian at the Sudirman Cup on Australia's Gold Coast last month. Srikanth had beaten him at the quarters of the Singapore Open in April. Srikanth will next be playing the World Championships in August.

The academy, controlled by former Indian player Pullela Gopichand, accounts for practically all the top Indian shuttlers, including Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy.

Chen, who had played two long matches before the final, said he was still recovering from gastroenteritis.

"This morning my home town had an natural disaster so I wanted to send good news to them", Okuhara said.

Srikanth Kadambi won the Australian Open Series and created a history.

Kidambi Srikanth has done it again.

He was in red-hot form in the second game where he bossed over Long after a engrossing rally to win the first point with a 323 kph victor. What followed thereafter was a series of cautious shots as Srikanth attempted to tire Chen, moving him all across the court to lead 5-3.

In the second game too the Chinese shuttler held Srikanth at 7-7, but thereafter Srikanth streaked to 15-8 lead.

"I was not thinking of winning or losing".

But the Indian was no pushover and played the catch-up game quite well, coming up with a couple of brilliant smashes of his own. Srikanth did not let the lead slip from that point, raising his game by quite a few notches against an increasingly faltering Long.