Srikanth reaches 3rd successive Super Series final

Audrey Hill
June 25, 2017

India's Kidambi Srikanth blew away China's Shi Yuqi with a "dream" performance to set up an Australian Open final against Olympic champion Chen Long on Saturday.

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.

Shi could pull back just one point before Srikanth sealed the game 21-10. He will face the victor of the Chen Long vs Lee Hyun II match later in the day. As he led 3-1 in the initial few minutes, Yuqi, ranked 4th in the world, utilized his swift movements to level at 4-4.

This was the Hyderabadi's second win over the World No.4 Chinese in as many meetings, having defeated Shi in the Singapore Open Superseries in April.

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Shi did keep up with the Indian's quickness and attack and showed good defensive shots but Srikanth took a comfortable 11-8 lead at halfway break. Srikanth controlled the points from the front court - his net play being extremely deceptive as he often pushed Shi deep before unleashing his smashes.

In the first game, the scores at mid-way interval were 11-7, with Srikanth in lead.

Kidambi Srikanth displayed a different aspect of his game today as he patiently played around Shi Yuqi. Accurate net shots, smooth drops shots were the highlight of Srikanth's play in the first game. "I played him twice this year, I lost 21-19 or so", he said. Shi scored three consecutive points thereafter, using his speed to his advantage. He then converted his second opportunity with a thumping crosscourt smash to book a place in the final.

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