Shuttler Srikanth clinches Australian Open title
Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth stayed committed in his dominating run to clinch the Australian Open Super Series men's singles final here on Sunday.
The Indian took less than 30 minutes to outclass Olympic champion Cheng Long of China in straight games 22-20, 21-16.
This was the third straight Super Series final win for Srikanth who had only last week secured the Indonesian Open.
In the first game, the 24-year-old Srikanth played a perfect net game which troubled Long.
Tailing 17-19 in the last, Srikanth displayed some quality shots and smashes to make it 21-19. But the Chinese player made it 20-20 (deuce). A focused Srikanth then changed his strategy and started playing an attacking game to edge past the World No.6.
The second game saw a much improved performance from the Indian. In a totally contrasting game, Srikanth played long rallies. The Chinese shuttler struggled and surrendered the game.
Mamata congratulates Srikanth
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday congratulated shuttler Kidambi Srikanth for winning the Australia Open Super Series men's singles title.
"Congratulations srikidambi for your great win and performance," Banerjee tweeted.
Srikanth defeated Olympic champion Chen Long to script his second straight title triumph in a week after he won the Indonesian Open Super Series Premier.