Kidambi Srikanth in Australian Open final

Marsha Scott
June 26, 2017

The world no.11 Srikanth won 22-20 21-16 in a 45-minute clash against the world no.6 Chinese, who is also a two-time All England champion.

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.

Both Prannoy and Srikanth entered the finals at the Singapore open, which was won by Prannoy, while Srikanth knocked out Prannoy in the quarter finals of the ongoing Australian Open.

In three consecutive SS finals, he has clinched two titles.

Srikanth made headlines as he was able to beat former World No.1 San Wan Ho two times in a week only. Srikanth continued to remain aggressive but trailed for the first time in the second game after a successful challenge from Chen. And then sealed the game and the title at 21-16 to win the singles title.

Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth achieved what many aspire for!

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"I was not thinking much before the match".

Srikanth had a comfortable lead towards the end of the game which helped him get past Chen easily. However, Srikanth seemed determined to end his winless streak against his fancied rival and led 11-9 at the lemon break of the second game.

Gopichand believes that the consistent results produced by the Men's singles shuttlers will inspire the rest of the team and will augur well for Indian badminton.

Kidambi Srikanth and Chen Long have faced each other on six occasions and this was Indian shuttler's first win over his counterpart.

Srikanth, now ranked 11 in the world, will face Olympic champion and former world No.1 Chen Long in the Australian Open today. Though Shi Yuqi tried to close the gap, Srikanth closed out the game and the match.

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