Kidambi Srikanth reaches third straight final, beats world No.4 Shi Yuqi in Australian Open Super Series

first_imgKidambi Srikanth eased into his third consecutive final as he beat world No.4 Shi Yuqi in straight sets to reach the final of the Australian Open Super Series on Saturday.Showing supreme control on his game, Srikanth defeated the Chinese 21-10, 21-14 in just 37 minutes.The world no.11 will face the reigning Olympic champion and world No.6 Chen Long, who beat world No.14 Lee Hyun II of Korea 26-24, 15-21, 21-17.Srikanth exuded confidence right from the beginning of the game as he patiently played Shi around, everytime putting back one extra shot to force an error out of the fourth seed.In the first game, after initial close battles, Srikanth raced ahead to make it 15-9.Generally known for his attacking gameplay, Srikanth surprised the world No.4 with his patience and beautiful net play. Accurate net shots, smooth drops shots were the highlight of Srikanth’s play in the first game.Shi could pull back just one point before Srikanth sealed the game 21-10.The second game saw Srikanth playing much more of his natural game as he launched innumerable smashes at Shi.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.From there on, Srikanth notched up his attacking performance and despite some beautiful drop shots from Shi, the world No.11 sailed ahead to make it 20-13.Though the Chinese pulled back a point to make it 20-14, Srikanth finished the game with his trademark smash.advertisementSrikanth reached the semi-final by beating compatriot B Sai Praneeth 25-23, 21-17.After losing the final of the Singapore Open in April to compatriot B Sai Praneeth, Srikanth has brought his ‘A-game’ to the fore and has been going from strength to strength.Last week, Srikanth became the first Indian to win the men’s singles title at the Indonesia Super Series Premier by defeating Japanese Kazumasa Sakai.last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *