1. Indonesia Open Super Series Final: Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth wins trophy 21-11, 21-19

Indonesia Open Super Series Final: Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth wins trophy 21-11, 21-19

Indonesia Open Super Series Final: Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has scripted historic win in the final match of the Indonesia Open Super Series tournament defeating Japanese Kazumasa Sakai for the men’s singles title.

By: | Updated: June 18, 2017 5:11 PM
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Indonesia Open Super Series Final: Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has scripted historic win in the final match of the Indonesia Open Super Series tournament defeating Japanese Kazumasa Sakai for the men’s singles title. Srikanth marked his title win over Sakai 21-11, 21-19. Srikanth, who ranks 22 in the international chart, won the 37-minute clash against the Japanese qualifier in the USD 1,000,000 event. This was the 24-year-old’s second Super Series Premier title. His last Super Series Premier triumph had come in the 2014 China Open. The recent victory was fourth Super Series final for Srikanth, who had reached the summit clash in Singapore in April and had won the 2015 India Open.

“He was playing well, especially in the second game and I think for me coming back from 6-11 down and make it 13-13 was the turning point,” PTI quoted Srikanth saying after the match. “My coach will have a special place in my heart as after he came, I reached the finals at Singapore and to win this tournament, which is considered the biggest tournament. I want to thank all the fans who have been rooting for me all this week,” he added.

Srikanth played the game patiently and did not allow his opponent to engage in any fast-paced rally. He capitalised on his pace with precise angled returns and unleashed his smashes at perfect intervals to down his rival. Srikanth took his time to gauge his opponent as his initial returns went wide and out. But his rival also suffered because of similar unforced errors and the Indian took an early lead 6-4. Later, Srikanth consolidated his lead to reach 11-8 at the break.

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After the interval, Srikanth continued to maintain his dominance in the game. His net dribbles were much better than Sakai and with Sakai struggling with precision, the Indian zoomed to a spectacular lead of 19-11. Later he sealed it with two lucky net chord points. After changing sides, Sakai looked more aggressive in his approach and produced an improved net game to dominate the rallies. The duo moved neck to neck after that till 19-19 before Srikanth produced two fantastic smashes to seal the issue and punch the air in celebration.

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