French Open Superseries: Kidambi Srikanth creates history, downs Kenta Nishimoto in straight games to lift title

India's Kidambi Srikanth's dream season continued as he brushed aside the challenge of Japan's Kenta Nishimoto in straight games to win the French Open Superseries men's singles title.

PTI October 29, 2017 21:50:24 IST
French Open Superseries: Kidambi Srikanth creates history, downs Kenta Nishimoto in straight games to lift title

Paris: India's Kidambi Srikanth's dream season continued as he brushed aside the challenge of Japan's Kenta Nishimoto in straight games to win the French Open Superseries men's singles title.

Having already completed a hat-trick of Superseries titles, Srikanth won his fourth title of the season.

French Open Superseries Kidambi Srikanth creates history downs Kenta Nishimoto in straight games to lift title

Kidambi Srikanth poses after winning the French Open Superseries title. AP

Srikanth, seeded eight in the tournament, took just 34 minutes to get the better of his Japanese opponent 21-14 21-13 in the summit clash.

The win ensured Srikanth, who played his fifth Superseries final this season, bag his second consecutive title in two weeks after winning the Denmark Open in Odense last week.

Srikanth, thus, became only fourth men's singles player to win four or more Superseries titles in a calendar year.

Going by Srikanth's current form, it was expected to be a one-sided summit clash and it turned out to be one, except for the first few points of the opening game which was a neck-and-neck fight between the two shuttlers.

It was Nishimoto, who started brightly to race to a 9-5 lead before Srikanth fought back to draw level at 9-9.

From there on it was no looking back as the Indian used his court coverage and superior technique to take a 14-10 lead.

Nishimoto did manage to take some points to reduce the margin to 15-14 before Srikanth used his experience at the highest level to pocket six straight points and win the first game.

Srikanth continued his good form in the second game and won five straight points to take a commanding 10-2 lead.

Nishimoto tried his best to force a comeback and managed to reduce the margin to 13-8 but the Indian showed his class and superiority in crunch situations to keep his lead intact and win the game 21-13 and claim his second consecutive title in as many weeks.

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