Srikanth does a hat trick, reaches the final of Australia Super Series

Australian Open Kidambi Srinkanth storms into third successive Superseries final
These have been the best few weeks for Indian Badminton, says Pullela Gopichand
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24 June, 2017

So far, Saina Nehwal is the only Indian to have won the Australian Open - in 2014 and 2016 - but Srikanth would have a shot at registering his name in history when he takes on either reigning Olympic champion Chen Long of China or South Korea's Lee Hyun Il in the final on Sunday.

Kidambi Srikanth entered the $750,000 Australian Open men's singles final easily, making short work of Chinese fourth seed Shi Yuqi in straight games in Sydney on Saturday.

Showing supreme control on his game, Srikanth defeated the Chinese 21-10, 21-14 in just 37 minutes. He will face the victor of the match between China's Chen Long and Korea's Lee Hyun Il in the final. Srikanth Kidambi returned from a stress fracture in his ankle to clinch the BCA Indonesia Open Superseries Premier title.

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 lovely net play.

In the first game, the scores at mid-way interval were 11-7, with Srikanth in lead. Praneeth produced to save three game points but Srikanth eventually seal the game 25-23.

The second game saw Srikanth playing much more of his natural game as he launched innumerable smashes at Shi.

Prior to the AO Badminton competition, both Kidambi and Praneeth did the nation proud by qualifying for the finals of the Singapore Superseries.

Srikanth had registered a straight game 21-14, 21-16 en route to the final of the tournament.


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