Highlights Australia Superseries, badminton scores and updates: Kidambi Srikanth thumps Chen Long to claim title

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Highlights Australia Superseries, badminton scores and updates: Kidambi Srikanth thumps Chen Long to claim title
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    The Australia Superseries came to a close today. The highlight of which was Kidambi Srikanth's 22-20 21-16 straight games win over Olympic gold medallist Chen Long.

    Srikanth's maiden Australia Superseries victory, his fourth Superseries title overall and his second one on the trot has brought the Indian men's badminton to the forefront of the popular sport.

    With Indians consistently defeating higher ranked players in top-level tournaments, the future of the Indian contingent looks bright ahead of the upcoming world championships in August. 

    Hope you enjoyed our live blog and coverage of the Australia Superseries.

    We will see you soon!

    Till then, take care!
     

      

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    In the final match of the Australia Superseries, the Chinese pair of Siwei Zheng and Qingchen Chen came back from one game down to win the mixed doubles title 18-21 21-14 21-17 against the Indonesian pair of Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto

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    Kidambi Srikanth is reaping the rewards of his hardwork. The BAI has replicated its gesture from the Indonesia Superseries win. 

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    The accolades are pouring for Kidambi Srikanth from all quarters

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    In Men's doubles, the Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda sail past the pair of Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia) and Boon Heong Tan(Malaysia) 21-17 21-19

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    Former Indian Opener was among the first cricketers to extend his wishes to the Australia Superseries champion 

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    And some stats coming your way...

    India has now won 3 of the 6 men's singles titles in Superseries events in 2017. B Sai Praneeth at the Singapore Open, and Srikanth at the Indonesia and Australia Open. 


    (Image credit: Badminton updates/Twitter)

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    Srikanth wins his fourth Superseries title!


    This win will go down as one of the best performances the men's singles badminton circuit has witnessed. Winning two Superseries titles in a span of two weeks is just astonishing. Moreover, Srikanth was on a comeback trail after staying out of the picture for a while. 

     

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    WHAT A WIN! 

    Srikanth thumps reigning Olympic champion Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 to win his maiden Australia Open Superseries title! An astounding show by the Indian ace as he claims two successive Superseries titles (Indonesia Open, Australia Open) in a span of two weeks. Long had no answer to Srikanth's quick net play.

    Surely, the best attacking player in the world right now! 

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    19-15! Long pulls one back but looks like it's too late for a comeback. Srikanth's clever foot movement in the second game made it possible.

    20-15!  Jump smash and it's MATCH-POINT for Srikanth.  

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    17-14! Srikanth is just four points away from creating history. Long is left stranded as Srikanth keeps the pressure on his opponent with a barrage of attacking shots.

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    15-12! Srikanth has a three-point lead in the second game against Long, who has relied too much on his defence. 

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    14-11! Oh what a forehand drive from Srikanth. Long is beaten at the mid-court for the second time in a row. 

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    12-9! Great smash down the court by Srikanth but Long has challenged it. Oh, and it's in! 

    The Indian maintains his lead in the second game.

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    9-9! 

    Both the shuttlers are putting up a great show.

    Srikanth's attack vs Long's defence

    It's neck and neck as we approach the mid-game interval of the second game.

     

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    8-7! Another deceptive cross court smash gives Srikanth the lead in the second game. It will be interesting to see who leads at the mid-game interval.

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    6-6 and now 7-7! 

     

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    6-4! A couple of mistakes by Srikanth allows Long to close the gap on the lead but he still trails by two points.

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    5-2! Again, Srikanth's movement near the tramlines has been second to none. 

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    4-1! Srikanth takes an early three-point lead in the second game. His court coverage is making the difference at the moment as Long is trying to force Srikanth to play long rallies. 

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    Srikanth Kidambi takes opening game: 22-20! 

    World No 11 Srikanth has taken a confident 1-0 lead against Chen Long in the men's singles final. The Indian is dominating at the net but Long has defended quite well at times.

    The second game gets underway! 

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    21-20! This is a great, great first game in the men's singles final. Both Srikanth and Long are playing exquisite shots to outwit each other. 

    Second match-point for the Indian.

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    19-18! Four straight points for the Chinese shuttler but Srikanth is not letting Long run away with the lead.

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    18-17! Long has taken the lead again with his brilliant defensive strokes from the mid-court. 

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    15-15! Srikanth jumps and hits a deceptive smash to level the scores again. What a match we have in our hands! 

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    12-11! Long wins three straight points to take a slender lead against Srikanth. A bit of hesitation for the Indian shuttler who seems to have gone defensive after the change of ends.

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    11-11! Srikanth gifts two points to Long via net errors as the scores are level in the opening game.

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    10-7! Srikanth is playing really well against a defensive Long. Notably, the Indian has played a range of attacking and defensive strokes already.

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    Long has misjudged quite a few shots.

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Kidambi Srikanth continued his dream run and grabbed a third successive Superseries final spot at the Australian Open with a straight-game victory over China's Shi Yuqi on Saturday.

Srikanth Kidambi will take on Chen Long in the final. AP

Srikanth Kidambi will take on Chen Long in the final. AP

Srikanth, who had reached the summit clash in Singapore and Indonesia, joined Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, the Chinese duo of Chen Long and Lin Dan to become only the fifth player in the world to contest three successive Superseries finals.

A former World No 3, Srikanth, who had reached the semifinals in the last edition, produced yet another near- perfect performance to outclass All England finalist Yuqi 21-10 21-14 in a 37-minute match to notch up his second win over the Chinaman. Srikanth had beaten him at the quarters of the Singapore Open in April.

Srikanth is slated to face reigning Olympic champion Chen Long in the men's singles final on Sunday.

With inputs from PTI


Published Date: Jun 25, 2017 02:00 pm | Updated Date: Jun 25, 2017 03:37 pm


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