Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Kidambi Srikanth wins Australian Open Super Series title

Kidambi Srikanth wins Australian Open Super Series title

The Indian player won his second consecutive super series title.

In the women's semi-finals, Yamaguchi went for winners and never let off her pace against Tai, the world number one.

It was Srikanth's fourth Super Series title and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) congratulated the ace shuttler. He had previously won the China Open in 2014 and the India Open in 2015.

The Chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra responded to a random Twitter user's plea as he was disappointed with the amount Badminton Association of India (BAI) has awarded Kidambi Srikanth for winning Australian Open Super Series 2017.

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Trailing 0-5 in the head-to-head tally against reigning World champion Chen, Srikanth entered the court looking calm.

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.

With the scores at 16-13, Srikanth scored one victor after the other and took the lead at 19-16. "Congrats @srikidambi." Denmark shuttler Mathias Boe felt Srikanth's achievement of winning back-to-back titles was rare.

After the break, the Chinese tried to be more aggressive but Srikanth managed to reach 15-8.

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The see-saw battle continued for a while before Srikanthbroke away to lead 6-3, dominating the rallies with his accurately, rather awkwardly, placed shots, which Long found hard to return. After the resumption, Long crawled back with three straight points to take lead at 12-11.

Shi's every ploy was met with determination from Srikanth and it seemed the Chinese had run out of ideas.

Defeats Olympic champ Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 to become #AustraliaSS victor! At the start, the rallies were a bit long but both resorted to an attacking game from thereon.

He took the second game and had his chances in the third until a late surge by Chen proved too much. He once again gained a three-point advantage at the interval with another attacking net play.

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"It's a dream performance", said Srikanth, who had suffered a stress fracture in his right ankle after the Olympic Games.

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