Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth stayed committed in his dominating run to clinch the Australia Superseries men's singles final on Sunday.
The World No 11 took 46 minutes to outclass Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 in straight games. This was the fourth Superseries title for Srikanth.
Srikanth had won the Indonesia Open title last Sunday to jump 11 places in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) ranking. He recorded his first win over the sixth-ranked Chen, having lost to the Chinese in all their five meetings before.
The 24-year-old earlier knocked out World No 1 Son Wan Ho in the second round to advance to quarter-finals of the tournament in Sydney. That was his second victory over the South Korean in two weeks. He had earlier stunned Son 21-15, 14-21, 24-22 last week in the semi-finals of the Indonesia Open.
Twitter wasted no time to celebrate the man of the moment, Srikanth for his achievement.
Wishes poured in from former cricketer Virender Sehwag, who congratulated the youngster, while HS Prannoy tweeted, “Looks like it’s getting tough for everyone to clinch titles when Indian boys are in form!! Congrats.”
Even the Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj lauded Srikanth's efforts while Union sports minister Vijay Goel said that he was proud of the shuttler.
— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) June 25, 2017
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 25, 2017
Congratulations @srikidambi on beating reigning Olympic & World Champion Chen Long & winning a 4th Superseries title. Take a bow, Srikanth ! pic.twitter.com/qNP2e9PXIv — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 25, 2017
— T S Sudhir (@Iamtssudhir) June 25, 2017
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) June 25, 2017
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 25, 2017
Updated Date: Jun 25, 2017 15:21:32 IST