Srikanth outguns Chen to win Australian Open

Kidambi Srikanth reaches his third consecutive Superseries final with win over Shi Yuqi

Kidambi Srikanth reaches his third consecutive Superseries final with win over Shi Yuqi

The win also guarantees Srikanth a prize money of approx $56,250 after he took just 46 minutes to beat the former World No.1 22-20, 21-16 at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre with relative ease.

Srikanth continued with his winning spree as he outclassed All England finalist Shi in a 37-minute match.

Though Srikanth managed to take a minor two-point lead at that stage, Long came back to tie the game at 17-all before eking out a two-point lead for himself with some incredible defence. However, Srikanth seemed determined to end his winless streak against his fancied rival and led 11-9 at the lemon break of the second game.

Srikanth set up the final clash against Olympic champion Chen Long. The lead was swinging between the two shuttlers, but It was Srikanth who held his nerves and eventually won the game 22-20.

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Let us hope Srikanth can continue to dazzle on the courts for a long time.

Srikanth has now reached his third consecutive final.

At the beginning of the match both the contestants played evenly resorting to an attacking strategy in the game.

This was Kidambi's first ever win over the Chinese in six meetings. Srikanth had earlier reached the finals in Singapore and Indonesia. "This is the best phase in my career at the highest level and winning three Superseries is something which I would cherish forever", he added.

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With the win, he has now gone to number one in Dubai Destination Rankings. Strugglefor Chen In the other men's semi-final, Lee pinned Chen to the lines and kept things tight until he chose his moment to attack.

With the scores at 16-13, Kidambi scored one victor after the other and took the lead at 19-16.

The second game started with an incredibly long rally that Srikanth won with a smash down the line.

Meanwhile, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has also announced a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh for Kidambi.

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