Highlights Denmark Open SSP, Finals: Kidambi Srikanth ends India's 38-year wait for 2nd trophy in men's singles

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Highlights Denmark Open SSP, Finals: Kidambi Srikanth ends India's 38-year wait for 2nd trophy in men's singles
  • 22:21 (IST)

    Kidambi Srikanth completely decimated his opponent in the finals of the Denmark Open on a day that also saw Ratchanok Intanon put an end to her title drought by defeating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in a thrilling three-game match. 

    In a matter of fortunate coincidence, all the three doubles winners on Sunday won their first titles with their respective partners. 

    The day consisted of four competitive Finals while the fifth one was a complete one-sided affair that saw Kidambi Srikanth win his third Superseries title of the year. 

    A day to rejoice for Indian fans in particular and badminton fans in general as they were witness to some of the most scintillating matches over the past five days.

    Thank you all for joining Firstpost's coverage of the Denmark Open Superseries Premier. 

    Good Night 

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    In just 24 minutes of action, Kidambi Srikanth clinches the Denmark Open Superseries title. After a 38-year wait, an Indian wins the men's singles title at Denmark.

    It was a completely one-sided affair that saw Korea's Lee Hyun Il completely steamrollered by Kidambi Srikanth. Was it a result of the marathon semi-final match Lee Hyun had with compatriot Son Wan Ho? 

    However, it is Kidambi Srikanth's day and what a year it has been so far for the Indian shuttler. 

    Four Finals... Three Titles... What a player!!! 

  • 21:47 (IST)

    Kidambi Srikanth wins 21-10, 21-5 to lift his first Denmark Open title

  • 21:42 (IST)

    16-4! The end of the match seems to be a mere formality considering Kidambi Srikanth's imperious form

  • 21:40 (IST)

    12-2! Lee Hyun wins the serve from Kidambi after losing 11 points on the trot

  • 21:38 (IST)

    10-1!  It has been a Kidambi Srikanth show all through the second game. Has the draining semi-final clash with Son Wan Ho drained the energy off Lee Hyun Il

  • 21:36 (IST)

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    3-1! How fast was that winner from Kidambi Srikanth as he leads in the second game of the Denmark Open Final

  • 21:32 (IST)

    21-10! In just 12 minutes of play, the Indian shuttler has pocketed the opening game with consummate ease. Will it be Title No 3 of 2017 for Kidambi?

  • 21:32 (IST)

    20-8! Kidambi scores seven points on the trot to go one point shy off clinching the opening game 

  • 21:30 (IST)

    17-8! Kidambi Srikanth is running away with the opening game combining well-directed smashes and clever net-play

  • 21:28 (IST)

    13-7! Kidambi Srikanth's smashes seem to be questioning the Korean's defence as he opens up the lead to 6 points

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    9-5! Srikanth body smashes his way into a four-point lead in the opening game of the men's singles Final 

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    4-4! Both players are unable to hold on to their respective serves in the initial minutes of the match

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    2-1! What a smash by Kidambi to win his first point of the match!

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    1-0! An unforced error from Kidambi allows Lee to open his scoring 

  • 21:17 (IST)

    It is time for the men's singles final between India's Kidambi Srikanth and Korea's Lee Hyun Il

    Kidambi Srikanth is the 1st Indian after Prakash padukone to take part in a Denmark Open men's singles final. 

    Prakash Padukone won it last time.

    Will the 38-year wait end today? 

  • 21:05 (IST)

    The Chinese pair of Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan win their first Superseries title as a pair defeating the top seeded Indonesian pair 21-16, 22-24, 21-19

  • 20:40 (IST)

    24-22! Kevin Sanjaya and Marcus Gideon breathe easy as they push the match into a decider. 

  • 20:38 (IST)

    22-22! The top-seeded Indonesian pair are giving it all to stay alive in the match 

  • 20:35 (IST)

    20-19! Championship point for the Chinese pair of Liu Cheng and Zheng Nan 

  • 20:26 (IST)

    21-16! The Chinese pair have drawn first blood as the top seeds have to clinch the second game to push the finals into a decider

  • 20:00 (IST)

    The men's doubles final is underway between the top-seeded Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and the fifth seeded Chinese pair of Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan

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    Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon scripts a remarkable comeback to win 14-21, 21-15, 21-19 to win the women's singles title at the Denmark Open Superseries Premier

  • 19:37 (IST)

    19-19! Intanon smashes her way back into the game to level the scores in this decider that is making this match worthy of a final 

  • 19:34 (IST)

    19-16! Yet another unforced error from Intanon as Yamaguchi opens up the lead to go one point closer to Championship point

  • 19:33 (IST)

    17-16! Yamaguchi wins back the lead in this nail-biting decider

  • 19:27 (IST)

    13-9! A challenge by Intanon goes to waste as that wide shot gives Yamaguchi a 4-point lead 

  • 19:24 (IST)

    11-8! Two unforced errors from Ratchanok Intanon allows Akane Yamaguchi to go into the mid-game interval with a three-point advantage

  • 19:21 (IST)

    8-6! What a winner by Intanon as she now trails by just two points in the decider

  • 19:19 (IST)

    7-3! Yamaguchi's flurry of points in the decider has given her a comfortable four-point lead over Ratchanok Intanon

  • 19:14 (IST)

    21-15! Ratchanok Intanon scores six points on the trot to win the game and ensure that this final will go into the decider. What a comeback!

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    15-15! It has been an evenly poised second game as both players are unrelenting and it is upto Intanon to up the ante to push this game into a decider and stay alive in the game

  • 19:05 (IST)

    11-9! That is a very slender lead for Intanon as she holds the upper hand at the mid-game break but Yamaguchi is fighting back right into the game

  • 18:59 (IST)

    6-3! Ratchanok Intanon takes the lead in the second game. She seems to be in better control of her game this time and might just push this game into the decider

  • 18:53 (IST)

    21-14! Yamaguchi clinches that opening game after a cross-court winner puts an end to some sort of comeback from Intanon in the final few points of that first game

  • 18:47 (IST)

    17-11! Yamaguchi opens up the lead over Intanon with a good mix of shots. Ratchanok's unforced errors are not helping her gain a foothold in the opening game of the women's singles final

  • 18:42 (IST)

    11-8! Yamaguchi goes into the mid-game interval with a 3-point advantage over Intanon who seems to be unsettled by the Japanese 

  • 18:38 (IST)

    7-5! Yamaguchi seems to love scoring in succession as four-points on the trot gives her the lead for the first time in the opening game

  • 18:35 (IST)

    3-3! Intanon won three successive points in the opening game and Yamaguchi returns the favour with some clever strokeplay 

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    It is now time for the women's singles finals between Japan's Akane Yamaguchi and Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon

  • 18:16 (IST)

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    It is the pair of Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet from Hong Kong who win the Denmark open title 24-22, 19-21, 23-21 defeating the top seeded pair of Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen from China in a see-saw 58-minute encounter

Semi-final Review: Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth will have the chance to win his third Superseries title of the season as he entered the final of the Denmark Open on Saturday.

Men's singles eighth seed Srikanth overcame Hong Kong's Vincent Ki Wing Wong 21-18, 21-17 in 37 minutes in the semi-finals.

With this win, Srikanth has taken a 3-2 lead in head-to-head records against Vincent.

In the final on Sunday, the 24-year-old Indian will meet South Korean Lee Hyun II, who stunned South Korean top seed Son Wan Ho 25-23, 18-21, 21-17 in an hour and 32 minutes.

It will be Srikanth's fourth final this Superseries badminton season. He won the titles in the Australian Open and Indonesian Open. He finished runner-up to compatriot B Sai Praneeth in the Singapore Open final.

In the match against Vincent, Srikanth was in complete control. In the first game, they shared the first 10 points but afterwards, the Indian stepped up and played aggressively.

A six-point advantage at the mid-game break put him in a comfortable position and even though the Hong Kong shuttler improved his show, Srikanth won the first game 21-18.

The second game was much more competitive and Vincent fought hard. Srikanth took a 4-1 lead but Vincent equalised 4-4. The Indian then again grabbed the lead but Vincent hit back, equalising at the nine-point mark.

Vincent held an 11-9 lead and after the break, Srikanth raised his level and pulled level at the 11-point mark and took the lead by a point. The see-saw battle continued till the 15-point mark when Vincent equalised.

Afterwards, Srikanth came out with some incredible smashes to run away with the game 21-17 to reach the final.

Meanwhile, Japanese fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi and former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand will fight for the women's singles title.

Yamaguchi saw off rising Chinese star Chen Yufei 10-21, 21-18, 21-19 in an hour and five minutes.

Ratchanok got the better of World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei with a 21-14, 20-22, 21-14 triumph in an hour and four minutes.

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Updated Date: Oct 22, 2017 22:26:41 IST

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