The 24-year-old lad completely outclassed reigning world and Olympic champion Chen Long in Sydney to clinch the men's singles crown at the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries. With this win, he became the sixth player in the world and the first Indian male badminton player to play in three consecutive Super Series finals.
This is his second title victory in a week's time for Srikanth who won the Indonesian Open Super Series Premier last Sunday. Today Indian shuttler Srikanth secured his second in a row Super Series title. He had reached the final of the Singapore Open where he was vanquished by compatriot Sai Praneeth. Though he was playing against an Olympic and World Champion, in this final, Srikanth said that he approached the game like any other match.
Against Long, in a high pressure final on Sunday, Srikanth's attack and execution was spot on. The see-saw battle continued for a while before Srikanth broke away to lead 6-3, dominating the rallies with his accurately, rather awkwardly, placed shots, which Long found hard to return.
Sarma was delighted at Srikanth's feat and congratulated him after his wonderful win.
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Tai stayed level through the first game but Yamaguchi got lucky on her first game point - the shuttle catching the tape and tumbling into Tai's court - and the Japanese consolidated her lead with solid play in the second.
"He only reached the semifinals of a junior national, and only won in doubles", said Srikanth's brother K Nandagopal. Srikanth, however, made the most of the opportunity on both occasions. 6 and current Olympic champion, Chen Long of China.While the nation is celebrating the majestic win by tweeting congratulatory messages, Srikanth's house in Guntur is filled with visitors. "I congratulate him for yet another wonderful win", Modi wrote on his twitter handle.
"2nd successive Superseries title for @srikidambi". Proud of you champion! He then defeated Chinese World No 4 Shi Yuqi before eventually moving past Chen Long. Chen made a couple of uncharacteristic errors but Srikanth's smash was in good working order as he led 17-15.