Badminton: India’s Srikanth stuns Chen Long to win Australian Open

India’s super shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was over the moon yesterday after beating World and Olympic champion Chen Long of China to win the Australian Open Super Series in Sydney.A former World No.3, Srikanth, who had reached the semifinals in the last edition, produced yet another near- ideal performance to outclass All England finalist Shi 21-10 21-14 in a 37-minute match to notch up his second win over the Chinese. He clinched Australian open super series cup by trouncing world top-ranked Chinese shuttler Chen Long.Please Wait while comments are loading.It’s just that I had to stay there and not give him easy points.Sindhu squandered a game’s advantage to go down 21-10 20 -22 16-21 in a contest that lasted exactly an hour, while Saina went down 17-21 21-10 17-21 to Sun. “I congratulate him for yet another wonderful win”, the Prime Minister said.What broke Long’s back was the long rally at the start of the second set where an upbeat Srikanth calmed himself, slowing down time in high toss-exchanges, and ended with a suddenly sped-up smash kill.The Chinese shifted gears quite suddenly to add pace to the proceedings and his baseline strokes stood out for both ferocity and accuracy.We are really proud of the victory of @srikidambi in the Australian Open. He was runner-up in Singapore open and lifted the title in Indonesian super series. Srikanth will next be playing the World Championships in August. Srikanth took every one’s breath away with his show of control over his racket speed, the missile-like accuracy in his smashes, the feather like touches in settling arguments close to the net and unbelievable deceptions in returns. 6 and current Olympic champion, Chen Long of China.While the nation is celebrating the majestic win by tweeting congratulatory messages, Srikanth’s house in Guntur is filled with visitors. Proud of you champion!Srikanth got better of qualifier Kan Chao Yu followed by World no. 1 Son Wan Ho and Praneeth respectively.’Looks like it’s getting tough for everyone to Clinch titles when Indian boys are in form!