Australia Open 2017 | Kidambi Srikanth stuns Chen Long to clinch title

Saina Nehwal Australian Open India badminton Saina Nehwal vs Sung Ji Hyun

Saina Nehwal Australian Open India badminton Saina Nehwal vs Sung Ji Hyun

Kidambi Srikanth with this became the fifth player to play three consecutive Super Series final. He defeated the Olympic champion Chen Long in straight games 22-20, 21-16.

Overall, he has now reached three straight Super Series finals that he's played - Singapore, Indonesia and now Australia this year.

Srikanth will now either play reigning Olympic champion or two-time World champion and All England champion Chen Long or Korea's Lee Hyun II in the finals.

"As a whole I played very well, but since I arrived in Sydney I have had gastroenteritis and diarrhoea, so I haven't been at my best physical condition", he said. "In addition, he was also let down by injuries but he has bounced back well now.But the most important thing I have noticed in his game is that he has developed patience", the former national coach told Deccan Herald.

Kidambi Srikanth on Sunday made sure that his name will be taken in the same breath with the likes of Saina and Sindhu, overcoming a major roadblock in his career path. "Practicing with Mulyo, his training techniques have made a real difference", said Srikanth.

Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth achieved what many aspire for! "I congratulate him for yet another wonderful win", Prime Minister Modi wrote on Twitter.

With the win, Sindhu has now set up a clash against top-ranked Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan for a place in the last-four. "I have no thoughts about the final, no thoughts about winning or losing".

The 24-year-old badminton champion of India started the next game with a lead of 6-2, taking it to 11-9 before the short break. "I missed competitive badminton and want to enjoy my game", said the world number 11.

Srikanth had stewed over the disappointment of missing out on an Olympics semifinal spot when after leading, he had crumbled into a bunch of errors at Rio against Lin Dan.

It was Prakash Padukone and P Gopichand who were the legends of the men in India for the badminton, but now Srikanth has ensured that many more kids will take the racket to follow their passion for badminton.

The second game began with a prolonged rally ended by Srikanth's powerful down-the-line smash as he took an early 4-1 lead after employing a backhand smash, a shot which has given him a lot of success in the tournament.

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