Sydney: Kidambi Srikanth, playing in his third consecutive Super Series final, Kidambi Srikanth defeated Chen Long 22-20, to clinch the Australian Open Super Series title in Sydney on Sunday.
The Indian shuttler displayed no discomfort as he defeated his Chinese opponents in straight games to win his 4th Super Series title.
Kidambi Srikanth has held his nerve even though Chen Long threatened to run away with the advantage having secured a two-point lead, winning four points in a row, moving to 19-17. However, the Indian shuttler made a strong comeback to clinch the first game 22-20 to take an early advantage in the all-important final of the Australian Open Super Series in Sydney on Sunday.
The Indian shuttler, who is having a rollicking time, became the fifth player in the world to contest three successive Super Series finals.
Srikanth, who was a runner-up in the Singapore Open and a winner at the Indonesian Open, joined the likes of Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, the Chinese duo of Chen Long and Lin Dan, who have made it to three consecutive Super Series finals.
Srikanth sailed past Shi Yuqi 21-10, 21-14 in just 37 minutes in the semifinal to seal his place in the final showdown.