Australian Open: Kidambi Srikanth storms into third successive Superseries final

Henrietta Brewer
June 24, 2017

In what can be called one of his most dominant wins, India's Kidambi Srikanth extended his fine form in the Australian Open Super Series by reaching the final of the event with a resounding 21-10, 21-14 win over fourth-seeded Shi Yuqi of China. Srikanth controlled the points from the front court - his net play being extremely deceptive as he often pushed Shi deep before unleashing his smashes. However, the difference turned out to be too much as Srikanth continued to force him to lose points through a range of flicks to lead 19-13. The Indian shuttler took just 37 minutes to brush aside his Chinese opponent and storm into the title clash where he will play the victor of the other semi-final between China's Chen Long and South Korea's Lee Hyun Il. But the beginning of the first game had little to differentiate between the duo as Srikanth and Yuqi matched each other point to point and levelled the game at 5-5.

Shi did keep up with the Indian's quickness and attack and showed good defensive shots but Srikanth took a comfortable 11-8 lead at halfway break.

Srikanth took less than 40 minutes to wind up the match against Yuqi with a fantastic display of smashes and backhands. Shi seemed lost for ideas as Srikanth's vast experience and superior net play meant that he had to play out of his comfort zone.

The second game was more closely contested, with both players level at 8-8, before Srikanth upped the ante to claim a 21-14 win and seal his spot in the final. It was perhaps fitting that Srikanth opened up a match point opportunity with a typical steep smash.

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