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

India's shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated Rio champion Chen Long to win the Australia Open Series on Sunday held in Sydney.

The Indian shuttler, who is having a rollicking time, became the fifth player in the world to contest three successive Super Series finals.

He won the game in less than 30 minutes to outclass Chinese Cheng Long in straight games 22-20, 21-16.

Srikanth is the first Indian man to win the Australian Open Super Series.

After winning the Indonesia Open on June 18, this was Srikanth's second Super Series win in two weeks.

The 12 tournaments lead to a finals at the Dubai World Superseries, and the Dubai champion is crowned the BWF superseries overall victor for the year.

Srikanth was locked in tough battle in the opening game but managed to edge past Praneeth. He then defeated Chinese World No 4 Shi Yuqi before eventually moving past Chen Long. "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.

"I was not thinking much before the match. Congrats @srikidambi." Denmark shuttler Mathias Boe felt Srikanth's achievement of winning back-to-back titles was rare. The Indian relied on strong returns to lead 9-6 in the first game. But Srikanth came out of the trap in a brilliant fashion and stretched his lead to 11-8 at the break.

Another streak of five points saw Srikanth at a commanding 15-8 advantage.

The Korean dominated the Olympic champion but failed to convert any of four game points in the opener.

The trophy is Srikanth's second this season and fourth overall.

Tied at 20-20, Srikanth secured a second match point with a calm smash and converted the same soon after to take the game 22-20.

  • Rogelio Becker