Kidambi Srikanth defeats Sakai to win Indonesia Open title

Posted June 19, 2017

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth clinched his third Super Series title, lifting the Indonesia Open men's singles trophy with a straight-game victory over Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai in the finals here on Sunday.

India's Srikanth Kidambi booked his spot in the final after scoring a stunning victory against world number one Son Wan Ho of South Korea. "After he came, I played the final in Singapore Superseries, after which I have won the tournament in Indonesia", Srikanth said, during an on-court interview, after the final on Sunday.

HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth have put the India flag high with their stupendous performance in the men' singles competition of the Indonesia Open Super Series. Srikanth produced a compact net game and used his smashes to good effect against Son, who looked equally menacing with his never-say-die-attitude. Son edged ahead with a 13-10 lead but Srikanth kept firing winners to equalise at the 14-point mark and even held a point lead. Their men's doubles compatriots, Li Junhui and Liu Yuche also won the final against Mathias Boe and Carsten Morgensen by 21-13, 17-21, 21-14. He consolidated his lead to reach 11-8 at the break.

Playing in tricky conditions, Srikanth took time to gauge the conditions as his initial returns went wide and out. Srikanth had a great chance to earn a match point opportunity but the Indian's smash came off the frame of his racquet as the Korean took the lead. He capitalised on his pace with precise angled returns and unleashed his smashes at flawless intervals to down his rival.

In the third game, Sakai moved to a 6-4 lead early on and held on to the lead all through the game to emerge victor.

The duo engaged in fast-paced rallies and Prannoy managed to claw back at 18-18. Later he sealed it with two lucky net chord points.

The latter denied a second Indian a place in the showpiece game by beating Prannoy Kumar 17-21, 28-26, 21-16 in an epic clash.