Srikanth defeats Sakai to win Indonesia Open title

Kidambi Srikant, Wins, Indonesia Open

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth came out with a spectacular performance as he defeated unseeded Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in straight games to win the men’s singles title of the Indonesia Super Series Premier badminton tournament here on Sunday.

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The 24-year-old Indian shuttler was just flawless in his performance as he didn’t give his unseeded opponent any chance and won the match 21-11, 21-19 in the summit clash that lasted for 36 minutes.

Srikanth, who had earlier kept his nerve as he clinched a 21-15, 14-21, 24-22 win over second-seed Son Wan Ho of Korea in a 73-minute semi-final clash, took the opening game rather comprehensively 21-11. However, he seemed in discomfort initially in the second game.

But trailing 11-6, he staged a tremendous comeback, as he recovered remarkably to level things at 19-19 before sealing the match with a body smash.

He had finished runner-up at the Singapore Open after losing to compatriot B Sai Praneeth in the summit clash last month.

This is Srikanth’s second Super Series Premier title after he won the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier.

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Overall, it is his third Super Series title as he has also emerged champion at the Indian Open Super Series in 2015.


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