Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Kidambi Srikanth wins Australian Open Super Series

Kristopher Love | 29 June, 2017, 08:58

Srikanth, who had reached the summit clash in Singapore and Indonesia, joined Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, the Chinese duo of Chen Long and Lin Dan to become only the fifth player in the world to contest three successive Super Series finals. 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.

Srikanth, who was in his third quarter-finals in the last five tournaments that he has participated in, made it to the semi-finals with a 25-23, 21-17 win in a match that lasted for 43 minutes. The second game was slightly easier for Srikanth where he could defeat Chen 21-16 with his powerful smashes and clinch the Superseries title to win his second super series title within a span of a week.

The Asian Herald Team congratulates Srikanth Kadambi for winning the Australian Open Series and every other player for chasing their dreams.

Chen Long is a former Olympic champion, having clinched gold in badminton in the Rio Olympics. In a totally contrasting game, Srikanth played long rallies.

Srikanth is in career-best form after returning from injury in April.

"He only reached the semifinals of a junior national, and only won in doubles", said Srikanth's brother K Nandagopal.

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Srikanth was in complete control of the second game, taking a 19-13 lead at one point.

The 12 tournaments lead to a finals at the Dubai World Superseries, and the Dubai champion is crowned the BWF superseries overall victor for the year. Finally, although Long managed to force extra points with a crosscourt victor, the Indian managed to pocket the first game at 22-20 after Long netted another return. Srikanth, however, made the most of the opportunity on both occasions.

In the second game, Srikanth maintained a strong lead making it 9-6 before Praneeth managed three points in a row to equalize at 9-9.

Celebrating the historic moment, BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced a bounty for the shuttler.