Indonesia Open: Star Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth entered the final of the Indonesian Super Series on Saturday afternoon by defeating the world number 1 Son Wan Ho. Srikanth, who produced a rich vein of form as he swept aside Tzu Wei Wang of Chinese Taipei 21-15, 21-14 in a one-sided quarterfinal clash yesterday, won today’s game with 21-15, 14-21, 24-22. Srikanth will face Japanese player Kazumasa Sakai who defeated another Indian player HS Prannoy in the first semi-final earlier in the day by 21-17, 26-28, 18-21 in a 77-minute men’s singles match.
Srikanth gave a gritty performance to stun Korean Son Wan Ho to reach the finals of the USD 1,000,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier. The 24-year-old player who hails from Gutnur outclassed Son in an energy sapping game of badminton that lasted an hour and 12 minutes. Srikanth had a 2-4 head-to-head record against Son, having lost to the Korean four times in the last four meetings but all that didn’t matter today as he survived a battle of attrition at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC).
Ranked number 22 in world, Srikanth has now made it to his fourth Super Series final. He had previously reached the summit clash in Singapore in April and won the 2014 China Open and 2015 India Open.
Earlier in the day, HS Prannoy Roy lost the game despite taking an initial lead of 18-17. Sakai, who is ranked 20 places lower to Prannoy, came out strong in the final game and built a healthy lead. However, the Indian came back again and took the lead which Sakai, holding on is nerves in the final stages, won the game 21-18 to seal the final berth. Both Prannoy and Sakai were appearing in their first Superseries semi-final. Their only previous meeting was at the Indonesia Open in 2013, where Sakai won 21-13, 14-21, 21-17.