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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

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Oct 22, 2017 - 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. 

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Oct 22, 2017 - 22:04 (IST)

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Oct 22, 2017 - 22:02 (IST)

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!!! 

Oct 22, 2017 - 21:47 (IST)

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

Oct 22, 2017 - 21:42 (IST)

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

Oct 22, 2017 - 21:40 (IST)

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

Oct 22, 2017 - 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

Oct 22, 2017 - 21:36 (IST)

Oct 22, 2017 - 21:35 (IST)

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

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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