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Kidambi Srikanth wins French Open

Kidambi Srikanth created history as he became the first Indian player to win four Superseries titles in a year after he won the men’s singles title at the French Open on Sunday.

He defeated Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in the final to achieve this feat. Sunday’s win helped the eighth-seeded Indian to improve his head-to-head statistics against the unseeded Japanese to 2-0.

Srikanth struggled in the early stages of the first game with the Japanese taking a 9-5 lead. The Indian made a strong comeback to force the lead at 11-9.

The Indian did not look back from there, going on to win the opening game. Srikanth dominated the second game right from the start, opening up a 10-5 lead.

He held on to the advantage to win the game easily. This win further adds on to the Indian’s list of firsts as he also became the only Indian to win the French Open since it became a Superseries event in 2007.

He is also likely to rise to a career-best number two in the world rankings that will come out on Thursday.

He is now only the fourth player after Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long to win four or more men’s singles Superseries titles in a calendar year.

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