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Australian Open Superseries champion Kidambi Srikanth fought gastroenteritis

Anand Mahindra said Kidambi Srikanth deserves a battle tank after Australian Open Super Series win Anand Mahindra said Kidambi Srikanth deserves a battle tank after Australian Open Super Series win
Lance Thomas | 26 June, 2017, 00:36

Ace shuttler from Andhra Pradesh Kidambi Srikanth created record. He gave the nation a special Id gift as he clinched the Australia Open Super Series final on Sunday, just a week after winning the Indonesia Open Super Series. He defeated the Olympic champion Chen Long in straight games 22-20, 21-16.

He last won the Indonesia Open Super Series title.

The 24-year-old Srikanth extended his stellar run of form to become the first Indian male shuttler to win two consecutive Superseries title.

Yesterday's game was Srikanth's third quarter-final in the last five tournaments that he has participated in. In a totally contrasting game, Srikanth played long rallies. He will face face the victor of the match between China's Chen Long and Korea's Lee Hyun Il in the final.

"I was not thinking of winning or losing", he said after securing his second consecutive BWF World Superseries crown. The Indian relied on strong returns to lead 9-6 in the first game. Srikanth has now won four Superseries titles, while Saina has won ten Superseries titles so far - two of which have come at the Australian Open.

The second game saw a much improved performance from the Indian.

Kidambi Srikanth: The second set was no different as Srikanth once again took the initial advantage and took a lead of 4-1. "He [Srikanth] is looking a lot more mature now and I am very happy to see the way he is playing", Gopichand told International Business Times, India.

Chen did well to stay within touching distance of Srikanth and led him 14-12 after the changeover as he made a concerted effort to be more aggressive.

Srikanth, now ranked 11 in the world, will face Olympic champion and former world No.1 Chen Long in the Australian Open today. But the beginning of the first game had little to differentiate between the duo as Srikanth and Yuqi matched each other point to point and levelled the game at 5-5.

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