Australian Open Super Series: Kidambi Srikanth storms into final

The Indian shuttler took just 37 minutes to brush aside his Chinese opponent and storm into the title clash where he will play the victor of the other semi-final between China's Chen Long and South Korea's Lee Hyun Il.

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth marched his way into the final of the Australian Open Super Series after beating China's Shi Yuqi 21-10, 21-14. Not providing the Chinese much breathing room, Srikanth sealed the opening game 21-10 in just 15 minutes. He had previously reached the final at the Singapore Open - where he lost against compatriot B Sai Praneeth - and won the title at the Indonesia Open last week. (If it is Chen Long) I've played him four or five times. The score was tied at 6-6 before Srikanth stretched his lead to 11-8.

He continued to dominate the proceedings with Shi hitting long, finding the nets.

The second game followed a similar pattern, with Srikanth leading 4-2, before Shi attempted a turn-around by winning three consecutive points - the highlight being a brilliant crosscourt shot that went beyond the net by inches - to take a lead at 5-4.

The duo engaged in some sensational rallies where both tried to surprise each other with odd shots.

He did play some extraordinary strokes but the Indian was always a step ahead.

Though the Chinese pulled back a point to make it 20-14, Srikanth finished the game with his trademark smash. He left one at the baseline but another jump cross court smash took him to the finals.

  • Joanne Flowers