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Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth clinches Indonesia Open title

India TV Sports Desk Jakarta 18 Jun 2017, 16:36:58 IST
India TV Sports Desk

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth lifted the Indonesia Super Series Premier men's singles title, beating Japan's Kazumasa Sakai in the final here today.

World No.22 Srikanth won 21-11 21-19 in a 37-minute clash against the Japanese qualifier in the USD 1,000,000 event. 

This was the 24-year-old's second Super Series Premier title. His last Super Series Premier triumph had come in the 2014 China Open. 

This was the fourth Super Series final for Srikanth, who had reached the summit clash in Singapore in April and had won the 2015 India Open.

Srikanth, who had earlier kept his nerve as he clinched a 21-15, 14-21, 24-22 win over second-seed Son Wan Ho of Korea in a 73-minute semi-final clash, took the opening game rather comprehensively 21-11. However, he seemed in discomfort initially in the second game.

But trailing 11-6, he staged a tremendous comeback, as he recovered remarkably to level things at 19-19 before sealing the match with a body smash.

He had finished runner-up at the Singapore Open after losing to compatriot B Sai Praneeth in the summit clash last month.

This is Srikanth's second Super Series Premier title after he won the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier.

Overall, it is his third Super Series title as he has also emerged champion at the Indian Open Super Series in 2015.