Kidambi Srikanth vs Chen Long Australian Open Superseries Final - As it Happened
News18.com | June 25, 2017, 12:12 PM IST
Kidambi Srikanth continued his great form and reached a third successive Super Series final after a dominating straight sets wins over China's Shi Yuqi at the Australian Open Super Series, and he will be looking to continue the form he has shown when he takes on Chen Long in the final.
Srikanth has so far lost in all the five meeting against Chen Long, but he comes into this game with some great confidence and a great record over the past couple of months.
That's it! Srikanth wins the Australian Open Super Series.The final scoreline reads 22-20, 21-16 in 45 minutes. He simply outclassed the Olympic champion!
Jun 25, 2017 11:45 am (IST)
Again, Srikanth sets up perfectly and executes the smash perfectly..Srikanth just two points away from the title! 19-14
Jun 25, 2017 11:42 am (IST)
Srikanth with a cross-court smash there.. Leads 14-11
Jun 25, 2017 11:40 am (IST)
Another great smash down the line from Srikanth, and Chen Long fails with his challenge.. Srikanth leads 12-9
Jun 25, 2017 11:38 am (IST)
Again, some aggressive badminton from Srikanth and he leads 11-9 at halfway stage in the second game. Listening to some strong advice from Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo
Jun 25, 2017 11:34 am (IST)
Chen Long battles back now..the scores are level now, with Srikanth making some silly unforced errors.. scores level at 6-6
Jun 25, 2017 11:31 am (IST)
Srikanth opening up a narrow gap here.. He leads 5-2..Will be looking to continue playing the same way.
Jun 25, 2017 11:28 am (IST)
Another excellent rally from the two players to start two games, Srikanth smashes it at 331 kph to take the first point! 1-0
Jun 25, 2017 11:25 am (IST)
There it is, Srikanth has taken the opening game 22-20. This one is far from over though, Chen Long will look to fight back in the second game.
Jun 25, 2017 11:24 am (IST)
Brilliant defence from Srikanth, he looked down and out, but kept his calm there and just guided the shuttle past the net! Second game point for him now!
Jun 25, 2017 11:23 am (IST)
We are now tied at 20-20..Some top class badminton from the two players there..
Jun 25, 2017 11:22 am (IST)
Srikanth gets two consecutive points now..its 19-19!
Jun 25, 2017 11:21 am (IST)
Chen Long just moving up the gears now, four straight points for the Chinese and he leads 19-17..
Jun 25, 2017 11:19 am (IST)
Excellent drop shot there from Srikanth and Chen Long fails to read it.. Srikanth rushes to a 17-15 lead..
Jun 25, 2017 11:17 am (IST)
This match is going to be a very close contest by the looks of it. Nothing to separate the two players, as scores are tied at 14-14
Jun 25, 2017 11:14 am (IST)
Srikanth hesitated there, thinking the shuttle was going out and mistimes his shot.. Chen Long levels it at 11-11
Jun 25, 2017 11:12 am (IST)
Srikanth goes into the halfway stage of the first game with a 2 point lead, score is 11-9 in favour of the Indian. Some exquisite badminton there, with Srikanth taking the point with a superb smash!
Jun 25, 2017 11:10 am (IST)
Excellent rally there between the two players, some super defence by Chen Long.. Srikanth still leads 10-7
Jun 25, 2017 11:07 am (IST)
Chants of Jeetega Bhai Jeetega Srikanth Jeetega go up in the stadium..Strong vociferous support for the Indian who still leads 6-5..
Jun 25, 2017 11:05 am (IST)
Srikanth suddenly moves up a gear and rushes to a 5-3 lead. Great aggressive badminton from the Indian!
Jun 25, 2017 11:05 am (IST)
3-3.Unsuccessful challenge there for Chen Long, both players are up for the challenge today.
Jun 25, 2017 11:03 am (IST)
1-1.Srikanth with some excellent court coverage there, his form is showing there as he looks comfortable on the court.
Jun 25, 2017 11:00 am (IST)
Both players are warming up now, getting their smashes right. But they wouldn't want to reveal too much.. Mike Wright is the chair umpire for today..
Jun 25, 2017 10:57 am (IST)
Srikanth is only the fifth man to reach three consecutive Super Series final...
Jun 25, 2017 10:56 am (IST)
Both players are now heading to the court....
Jun 25, 2017 10:55 am (IST)
Chen Long is also the defending World and Olympic Champion..
Jun 25, 2017 10:54 am (IST)
The last time these two players met was in the Sudirman Cup, with Chen Long prevailing 21-16, 21-17
Jun 25, 2017 10:50 am (IST)
Women's Doubles final is over with the Japanese pair of Takahashi/Matsutomo prevailing 21-10,21-13 over the Danish pair of Juhl/Pedersen. This also means we are just minutes away from the highly anticipated men's final clash!
Jun 25, 2017 10:37 am (IST)
Kidambi in the last 3 superseries tournaments has beaten Son Wan Ho (World #1) twice and Shi Yuqi (top-ranked Chinese) twice! #AustraliaSS