Srikanth beats World No:1 to reach Indonesia Open final

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth booked his place in the Indonesia Open Super Series Badminton tournament finals after producing a spectacular performance to defeat Son Wan Ho of Korea in an intense semi-final contest here in Jakarta on Saturday.

One day after knocking out multiple world and Olympic medallist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, the unseeded Prannoy stunned Long 21-18, 16-21, 21-19 in a match lasting an hour and 15 minutes. Srikanth, who produced a rich vein of form as he swept aside Tzu Wei Wang of Chinese Taipei 21-15, 21-14 in a one-sided quarterfinal clash yesterday, won today's game with 21-15, 14-21, 24-22.

World No 22 Srikanth will next face Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai in the final on Sunday.

The Korean then went along in the second half of the game as he dominated Srikanth, and eventually closed the game 21-14.

In the second game, Srikanth opened up a 4-2 lead before moving to 8-5 but Son managed to come back at 9-9 but he grabbed a slender 11-10 lead at interval.

Prannoy, on the other hand, bowed out after Sakai registered his second win over the Indian, following up after the victory at the 2013 edition.

The Indian continued to lead for the rest of the game and won it in 19 minutes after Sakai saved two game points.

After winning the first game, it looked like Srikanth would win the match in straight games but the World No. 1 showed why is he the top shuttler in the men's singles.

India's Kidambi Srikanth showcased some real guts, perseverance and mettle as he earned glory on Saturday June 13 to make it to the Indonesia Open badminton final.

However, Prannoy fought back to draw level at 18-18 but failed to convert five match point opportunities as Sakai won the game in 32 minutes. But post interval, Son Wan suddenly won series of points putting Srikanth under enormous pressure.

  • Leroy Wright