Kidambi Srikanth’s stupendous form continued as he beat Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 to win Australian Open Super Series final on Sunday. Also Read - Badminton | Saina Nehwal Questions Timing of Thomas And Uber Cup During COVID-19 Times, Asks 'Is it Safe Enough to Conduct The Tournament'
The Indian shuttler took less than 30 minutes to outclass Chinese Cheng Long in straight games. Also Read - Badminton: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth to Lead India in Thomas & Uber Cup Final; BAI Cancels Preparatory Camp
The two players had met five times before the Australian Open final with the Chinese shuttler triumphing all five times. Also Read - BWF President Remains Focussed on Fulfilling Duties Despite Suffering From Parkinson's Disease
Srikanth had earlier finished as a runner-up to his training partner B Sai Praneeth at the Singapore Open in April and followed it up by winning the Indonesia Open just last week.
Srikanth and Chen Long were neck-and-neck in the early exchanges but the Indian quickly hit his stride to go into the break 11-9 up. The Chinese shuttler made a mini comeback to take a 12-11 lead but Srikanth refused to give in.
The two players battled it out for supremacy and there was nothing separating the two at 20-20. Srikanth held his nerves to win two consecutive points to take the first game 22-20.
There was no looking back for the Indian after that. He started the second game like a bullet train and raced to a 6-2 lead. Srikanth soon opened a 16-13 lead and was out of sight
Srikanth has time and again credited the new Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo for helping him get back on track after the stress fracture that he suffered last year which robbed him of three months of action.