Kidambi Srikanth creates history by reaching final of Australian Open

Continuing his brilliant form, Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth defeated Chen Long to win the title at men's singles event at the Australian Open Super Series on Sunday.

Kidambi Srikanth and Chen Long have faced each other on six occasions and this was Indian shuttler's first win over his counterpart.

Though Srikanth managed to take a minor two-point lead at that stage, Long came back to tie the game at 17-all before eking out a two-point lead for himself with some incredible defence. He had earlier stunned Son Wan Ho 21-15, 14-21, 24-22 last week in the semifinals of the Indonesia Open.

At 9:45 AM today, Kidambi Srikanth will step on to the Olympic Stadium in Sydney with a chance to create badminton history - with a chance to bring a third badminton "superseries" cup to India within one year. Srikanth will next be playing the World Championships in August. Before this clash, Chen Long enjoyed an upper hand over Srikanth by winning all five previous encounters between them. This was also Srikanth'sthird consecutive Superseries final.

The lead went on going back-and-forth in the second game and then both players adopted an attacking style of play post the changeover.


Anand Mahindra who tweeted just after Srikanth's win and named him "STEAMROLLER SRIKANTH" did not seem happy about the prize as well.

After the match however, Srikanth revealed that all was not well with the ace Indian men's singles shuttler after he arrived in Australia fresh from victory at the Indonesia Open Super Series, in Jakarta. Take a bow, Srikanth!

"I was not thinking of winning or losing", he said after securing his second consecutive BWF World Superseries crown.

Tai stayed level through the first game but Yamaguchi got lucky on her first game point - the shuttle catching the tape and tumbling into Tai's court - and the Japanese consolidated her lead with solid play in the second.

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