Sayaka Sato beats Sung Ji Hyun: 21-13, 17-21, 21-14
Japanese shuttler Sato attacked the first game with quick wrist shots but squandered her lead in the second. However, she ran away with the lead in the third game as Sung Ji was stretched on the tramlines very often.
Sato claimed her maiden Indonesia Superseries Premier title after losing in the final 7 years ago at the hands of Saina Nehwal.
Srikanth Kidambi clinches his second Superseries Premier title!
Dominated the first game and went on the win the match against journeyman Kazumasa Sakai in straight games. With this win, Srikanth moves up to No 2 from 14 in the Dubai Destination Rankings. He gave away a handful of points in the second game, all due to the net errors. Sakai, on the other hand, was all fired up in the second game despite hiccups in the first one. He invited pressure towards the end of the second game, allowing Srikanth to take control of his shots from the forecourt.
It's the battle between the former World No 4 and the unseeded Japanese shuttler as the duo meet for the first time ever in a BWF tournament. Srikanth lost the opportunity to grab a Superseries title after losing to B Sai Praneeth in the final, however, he stands a chance to finally win it against a rejuvenated Sakai. It's the first Superseries final for the Japanese shuttler, who is ranked at 47 in the BWF rankings.
It won't be an easy win for Srikanth as many predicted because of Sakai ability to shift the momentum out of nowhere. He defeated Rajiv Ouseph in a three-game thriller on Friday and snatched a win against high-flying HS Prannoy in the semi-final. In this case, Srikanth will have to keep Sakai on toes with his range of attacking shots and net plays.
Hello and welcome to Firstpost's live coverage of the final day at the 2017 BCA Indonesia Superseries Premier as India's Kidambi Srikanth takes on qualifier Kazumasa Sakai in the final of the men's singles, while Sung Ji Hyun will square off against Japan's Sayaka Sato in the women's singles final.
So, stick around and don't forget to cheer for your favourite shuttler(s).
Report: Former world No 4 Kidambi Srikanth defeated World No 1 Son Wan Ho of Korea to enter the men's singles final of the Indonesia Superseries Premier on a day when HS Prannoy faced defeat against Japanese shutter Kazumasa Sakai in the first semi-final on Saturday.
Kidambi Srikanth and Kazumasa Sakai in action. AP
World No 22 Srikanth played the game of his life to win 21-15, 14-21, 24-22 against the South Korean and set up an enticing clash with Sakai in the final on Sunday at the Jakarta Convention Center.
It was an easy first game for Srikanth who won 21-15. Son looked dangerous when he came close 10-12 from 6-11 but failed to take the advantage.
In the second game, 29-year-old Son made a fine comeback despite trailing 4-6 to rely on his deft net play to equalise one game apiece with a 21-14 win.
The final game remained stiff until the very end with none of the shuttlers giving any space to the opponents. Son edged ahead with a 13-10 lead but Srikanth kept firing winners to equalise at the 14-point mark and even held a point lead.
But Son didn't flinch and kept rallying hard till the end to find crucial points. With the match reaching a tipping point in terms of intensity at 20-all, both the shuttlers felt the heat. While Srikanth banged a smash at the net, Son erred in hitting long. But the Indian kept his nerve to edge past Son and win 24-22.
In the final, Srikanth will eye his third Superseries title after victories in the 2014 China Open and the 2015 India Open.
With inputs from IANS
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