dglobalnews.com Australian Open Super Series: Kidambi Srikanth defeats China's Shi
Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Australian Open Super Series: Kidambi Srikanth defeats China's Shi

Australian Open Super Series: Kidambi Srikanth defeats China's Shi

Kidambi Srikanth put on a dominant display to secure his third Super Series title by beating China's Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 to win the 2017 Australian Open final.

He won the game in less than 30 minutes to outclass Chinese Cheng Long in straight games 22-20, 21-16.

After his fabulous show in Jakarta and Sydney, Srikanth dedicated his win to the coaches and support staff including coaches Mulyo, national coach Pullela Gopichand, fellow players and the staff at the Gopichand Academy. According to the Guntur-born shuttler, all these great results will help Indian badminton ahead of World Championship in August.

Right from the start, the 24-year-old Indian shuttler dominated the proceedings and finished off in straight games to reach the summit clash. Unlike the first game where Long launched a comeback, here Srikanth was in no mood to relent, opening a five-point lead at 19-15.

After watching Srikanth's display in Sydney, Gopichand had no second thoughts in saying that the four-time Superseries victor possess one of the strongest attacking styles in world badminton.

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Though even after Kidambi's win and reaching the World No.1 spot in Badminton Rankings, he was given only Rs. 5 lakh as a prize for achieving this feat.

"I played a World Super Series final (Singapore Open) after two years, and then to play the next two finals is a dream for sure".

"So I was thinking of what I could do from here because they have been good to me".

Kidambi matched each step taken by Chen in the final. Srikanth continued to remain aggressive but trailed for the first time in the second game after a successful challenge from Chen. At 16-13, Srikanth scored one victor after the other, executing his superior backhand to perefection to take a lead at 19-16.

"I'm just happy to be doing well for now", he said.

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