Despite being ill upon arriving in Sydney, Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has overcome all the odds to defeat some of the toughest opponents and be crowned the Australian Open Super Series champion.
However, by the time of break, Srikanth's fiery smashes and deceptive shots helped him attain a lead of 11-9. And then sealed the game and the title at 21-16 to win the singles title.
Srikanth got better of qualifier Kan Chao Yu followed by The World no. 1 Son Wan Ho and Praneeth respectively.More news: Geely signs final contract with DRB-Hicom
Trailing 16-20 in the second game, Chen sent a return long and Srikanth did not even wait for the shuttle to land as he started celebrating his hard-earned win, before running to his coaching staff to exchange emotional hugs.
Srikanth and Shi engaged in long rallies with both the shuttlers staying away from the net early on.
This was Srikanth's third successive and fifth Superseries final overall. This time, Srikanth made no mistake and sealed the first game in 23 minutes. "I have no thoughts about the final, no thoughts about winning or losing".
He clinched Australian open super series cup by trouncing world top-ranked Chinese shuttler Chen Long. "He has not only made the whole country proud once again but has etched his name among the best and no word would enough to praise Srikanth", he said.More news: London's Grenfell tower fire started with faulty fridge: Scotland Yard
This was Kidambi's second win against the reigning Olympic Champion.
In the women's semi-finals, Yamaguchi went for winners and never let off her pace against Tai, the world number one.More news: NASA telescope finds 10 more planets that could have life