Indian badminton sensation Kidambi Srikanth scored a spectacular victory on Sunday when he defeated Lee Hyun-Il of South Korea to clinch the $ 750,000 Denmark Open Super Series title. The talented 24-year-old comfortably beat 37-year old Lee 21-10, 21-5 in a match that lasted about 25 minutes, making this his third Super Series Premier title of the year of the overall five.
Delighted immensely with his victory, Srikanth said he did not expect such an easy final match. “Very happy to win another title. It’s a good game I think he must have been tired after yesterday’s long match. I am really happy with the way I have played today and I thank everyone for supporting me so much here. It has been a fantastic week for me. I am looking forward to coming back here and defend the title,” stated the talented youngster.
Congratulatory messages from across the country started pouring out to Kidambi Srikanth soon after the victory including those from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, and Cricketer Virendra Sehwag among several others.
World number 8 Srikanth dominated what turned out to be a one-sided match and defeated his opponent with powerful down the line smashes coupled with deceptive net play. Lee had no idea where the next shot would come from as Srikanth kept him guessing throughout the short match.
The opening game of the final match saw the players tied at 4-4 until Srikanth shifted gears and took the lead of 9-5. When the South Korean managed to score a point, the Indian was quicker in incessantly scoring more than him. At no point did Srikanth allow his opponent to close in on the lead he had gained on him.
The game turned out to be a huge disappointment for the unseeded Hyun Lee-Il who came onto the court after a grueling 92-minute semi-final match the previous day over Son Wan Ho, his top-seeded compatriot. The South Korean did not know what to expect next from the speedy Indian who was ahead of him at all times.
The victory of Kidambi Srikanth over the veteran Lee has made him only the second Indian badminton player after Saina Nehwal to hold the record of winning three titles in the same year. His earlier victories in the year include the Australian Open Super Series and the Indonesia Super Series Premier.
The ace badminton player is next scheduled to travel to Paris for the French Open Super Series which begins Tuesday onwards. But even as the Indian head to Paris as a clear favorite, he has kept himself grounded and stated that it won’t be an easy task to repeat this performance in Paris. He stated that he aimed to ‘start off well’ by concentrating on winning the ‘first round match first.’
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