Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Srikanth crowned Australia SS champion, his second SS title in a row

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) today announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh to Kidambi Srikanth for clinching the Australian Open Super Series title in Sydney today. Srikanth won in straight game 22-20, 21-16 to win his career's fourth Super Series title. Overall, it is his third Super Series title as he has also emerged champion at the Indian Open Super Series in 2015.

Srikanth Kidambi of India returns a shot against Son Wanho of South Korea during their men's singles semi-final match at the Indonesia Open badminton tournament in Jakarta on June 17, 2017. "I played a World Superseries final (Singapore Open) after two years, and then to play the next two finals is a dream for sure".

"As a whole I played very well, but since I arrived in Sydney I have gastroenteritis and have had diarrhoea, so I have not been at my best physical condition".

"To beat Chen Long in the final of a big event is not easy".

"I'm playing better after the Sudirman Cup".

When the game resumed, Long gained the lead with three points and taking the score to 12-11 but the Indian shuttler won the game at 22-20, taking a lead of 1-0 in 23 minutes. "I have no thoughts about the final, no thoughts about winning or losing".

Srikanth had a comfortable lead towards the end of the game which helped him get past Chen easily.

But that was the last time the Chinese could produce some resistance for Srikanth soon grabbed the win with a huge crosscourt smash. To sign off, he expressed the desire to be more consistent and maintain this level of performance for tougher challenges ahead. Unlike the first game where Long launched a comeback, here Srikanth was in no mood to relent, opening a five-point lead at 19-15.

Another stiff smash at the net and Srikanth had seven match points.

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