Sydney, June 25 (IANS) Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth stayed committed in his dominating run to clinch the Australian Open Super Series men’s singles final here on Sunday. Also Read - The Truth Behind Pakistan's JF-17 Fleet And Its Failure
The Indian took less than 30 minutes to outclass Olympic champion Cheng Long of China in straight games 22-20, 21-16. Also Read - China Imports 100,000 Tonnes of Rice From India For 1st Time in Decades Amid Ladakh Standoff
This was the third straight Super Series final win for Srikanth who had only last week secured the Indonesian Open. Also Read - China’s Unmanned Spacecraft Chang’e 5 Makes Successful Landing on the Moon
In the first game, the 24-year-old Srikanth played a perfect net game which troubled Long.
Tailing 17-19 in the last, Srikanth displayed some quality shots and smashes to make it 21-19. But the Chinese player made it 20-20 (deuce). A focused Srikanth then changed his strategy and started playing an attacking game to edge past the World No.6.
The second game saw a much improved performance from the Indian. In a totally contrasting game, Srikanth played long rallies. The Chinese shuttler struggled and surrendered the game.
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