Kidambi Srikanth clinches Indonesia Open Super Series Premier title

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Kidambi Srikanth

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai in straight games 21-11 21-19 to win Indonesia Open Super Series Premier title in the final on Sunday.

The world No. 22 Indian shuttler Srikanth, who had reached the finals in Singapore Open in April, outclassed ranked 47th, Sakai, 21-11 21-19 in only 37 minutes to bring home a cheque of $75,000.

He was playing great, particularly in the second game and I think for me returning from 6-11 down and make it 13-13 was the defining the turning point,” said Srikanth, who had won the 2014 China Super Series Premier and 2015 India Super Series.

“My coach will have a special place in my heart as after he came, I reached the finals at Singapore and to win this tournament, which is considered the biggest tournament. I want to thank all the fans who have been rooting for me all this week,” he added.

Srikanth played a patient game and didn’t allow his rival to take part in any quick paced rally. He managed the pace with his exact calculated returns and unleashed his smashes at culminate intervals to down his opponent.

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