Indian ace Kidambi Srikanth clinched the 2015 India Open men’s title by defeated his Danish counterpart Viktor Axelsen in a three-game thriller.
Srikanth, who was coming on the back of a victory in Swiss cup earlier in the same month, was made to play laboriously in the first game, but what followed next was nothing short of brilliance.
Firstly, Viktor Axelsen was entering the round after conquering the Indonesian professional Tommy Sugiarto in the semis, while the Indian shuttler managed to ease past his Chinese competitor Xue Song to qualify for the final.
Srikanth got an early advantage and was leading the board with 2-4, but soon the tables turned their virtues and the Danish international managed to draw the scores level at 10-10. He then opened a four-point lead ahead of Srikanth which was later increased to 6 with scores standing at 20-14. The Indian tried to close down the deficit, but Axelsen won the first game with 21-18.
The remaining games were all about Srikant, as he commanded an established 7 points lead (6-13), but his opponent was never the one to deny. Axelsen then barged on to close the deficit at just two points (11-13), but Srikanth’s mastermind empowered him to charge ahead and he then went on to win the game with scores stating 13-21.
The last game of the match was Srikanth’s to win. Even though Axelsen managed to grab an early four-point lead (7-3), Srikant’s determination was spot on, as he only allowed his opponent to score five more points in the game, while he himself trooped forward in fine fashion to win the game by 12-21.