Kidambi Srikanth continued his rampaging form as he completely outclassed South Korea’s Lee Hyun Il 21-10, 21-5 to clinch his maiden Denmark Open Super Series Premier title on Sunday. This is Srikanth’s third Super Series title of the year (fifth overall). Earlier, he had won the Australia Open and the Indonesia Open.
Srikanth came into this match high on confidence after beating Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent convincingly in straight games and he brought the same form in this clash also as he finished off his opponent in just 25 minutes.
In the form of his life. India #1 Kidambi Srikanth makes light work of Lee Hyun Il in a 25 minute MS final to win the Denmark Open crown pic.twitter.com/B0EeQCexEF
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Going into the match, the World No. 8 was an overwhelming favourite against the World No. 15. The Guntur shuttler held his cool as he maintained a healthy point gap at all times of the game. Srikanth, who had defeated world champion and local favourite Viktor Axelsen in the quarter final of the tournament, displayed brilliant skills as not for a single moment did it look like that he was low on confidence. As the second game began, Srikanth was all over his opponent by winning long rallies but trailed 9-11 in the break. Both the players played their heart-out as they remained neck and neck in the second half of the second game. The 27-year-old Hong Kong player tried to halt Srikanth’s momentum with smashes towards the end of the game but Srikanth returned the smashes with ease thus breezing past him to win the second game 21-17.
Srikanth had already made his intentions clear that he won’t settle for anything other than the title when he upset World No.1 and local favourite Victor Axelsen in the quarter-finals.
The first game started evens-stevens as it was locked at 4-4 in the early stages of the match. But Srikanth took full control of the match in stunning style as his smashes and cross court shots came to the fore.
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A ferocious smash helped him take a 10-6 lead and he didn’t look back from there as his opponent had no answers to Srikanth’s fast-paced game. The world number 8 continued to send down a barrage of smashes after the break which helped him race to 18-8 lead in no time at all
At game point, Lee managed to win couple of points but he could not hang on further as Srikanth closed down the game 21-10 in just 12 minutes.
The second game was even better for Srikanth who seemed to be on a different level altogether. The Indian opened up a five-point lead in no time and that left Lee bamboozled.
Such was the difference in class between the two players that at the break in the second game, Srikanth was leading 11-1. The most striking part about Srikanth’s game was his movement — he was moving ever so swiftly on the court and picked almost everything with comfortable ease.
Srikanth finally won the game 21-5 to put his opponent out of his misery.
In this form, Srikanth will surely be one of the biggest contenders for the French Open Superseries title next week.
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