Australian Open: Kidambi Srikanth to take on China's Shi Yuqi in semis

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26 June, 2017

Despite being ill upon arriving in Sydney, Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has overcome all the odds to defeat some of the toughest opponents and be crowned the Australian Open Super Series champion.

The world no.11 Srikanth won 22-20 21-16 in a 45-minute clash against the world no.6 Chinese, who is also a two-time All England champion. He had lost to compatriot B Sai Praneeth in the final of the Singapore Open earlier this year before winning the Indonesia Open last week.

Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Himanta Biswa Sarma announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for Kidambi Srikanth after he won the Australian Open Superseries title in Sydney on Sunday. "I played a World Superseries final (Singapore Open) after two years, and then to play the next two finals is a dream for sure".

The academy, controlled by former Indian player Pullela Gopichand, accounts for practically all the top Indian shuttlers, including Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy.

Kidambi Srikanth took the initial lead in the first set before Chen Long made a spirited comeback.

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In other quarter finals fixtures, India will face off against Malaysia , Netherlands against China and England against Canada. While the Indians played attacking hockey, the Malaysians preferred to sit back and defend and rely on counter-attacks.

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The lead, however, belonged to Harman , who closed with two birdies and three tough pars. "I've got a good plan for this course ". The course had been softened by rain earlier in the week, and it finally played the way the USGA wanted in the final round.

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They were immediately taken to Warmbier. "I can only feel for what the family is going through", he said, shaking his head. Officials could not immediately confirm USA media reports that Warmbier had fallen into a coma during his incarceration.

"I must say everything went right for me in the final". 2nd Super Series title after the Indonesia Open.

"It's just that I'm not thinking of winning or losing".

Srikanth utilised his attacking strokeplay against Chen, who was mostly forced to defend.

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

Another streak of five points saw Srikanth at a commanding 15-8 advantage. Shi grabbed three straight points but another rally ended with his shuttle going long as Srikanth moved to 16-11. The second game too saw similar start to it as Srikanth was leading by two points at the interval. Though Shi Yuqi tried to close the gap, Srikanth closed out the game and the match.


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