Sydney, June 24: India’s sensational shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Saturday registered a commanding win over fourth-seed Shi Yuqi of China to march into the finals of the ongoing Australian Open Superseries. Notably, this is the third straight Super Series final for Srikanth, who had only last week secured the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier title.
Srikanth registered an easy win over China’s rising star Shi Yuqi by 21-10 21-14 in the match that lasted for only 37 minutes. This was the second time that Srikanth came face to face with World No.4 Shi Yuqi. The duo had clashed in the quarterfinals of the Singapore Open earlier this year with the Indian reigning supreme in the match. Srikanth will now face China’s Chen Long in the summit clash.
Shi Yuqi in the first game managed to stay in touch with Srikanth at 4-4 but Indian soon took a big 16-10 lead and then wrapped up the game with reeling off five consecutive points. The second game followed much the same pattern with the Chinese shuttler holding off the Indian star at 7-7. But like the first game, Srikanth upped his game and took a lead of 15-8. Shi Yuqi tried to close the gap in the second set but Srikanth kept his cool to close out the game and with it the match.
Earlier on Friday, Srikanth defeated compatriot Sai Praneeth in the all-Indian quarterfinal. Meanwhile, in the women's singles as Rio Olympics silver-medallist PV Sindhu and defending champion Saina Nehwal also bowed out of the tournament.