Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth did India proud again, winning his third title of 2017 at the Denmark Open. Srikanth beat South Korean Lee Hyun II 21-10, 21-5 in a heavily one-sided encounter to win the Super Series title. The Guntur-born shuttler was in dominant form throughout the tournament and the heavy favourite heading into the match and he lived up to the billing winning the contest putting in a free-flowing and fluent performance.
Reaching the final meant that Srikanth had already created history, becoming only the sixth player in badminton history to contest in four Super Series finals in a calendar year. This was also his third title of the year, making him only the second Indian, after Saina Nehwal to win three Super Series tournaments in a year. He had already won the Indonesia Open and the Australian Open this year, while also reaching the final of the Singapore Open.
Srikanth said after the victory, as quoted by Times of India, “Very happy to win another title. It’s a good game I think he must have been tired after yesterday’s long match. I am really happy with the way I have played today and I thank everyone for supporting me so much here. It has been a fantastic week for me. I am looking forward to coming back here and defend the title.”
He added, “I expected the match to be a much better one. I know he has the experience of coming back after losing the first game. That’s why after winning the first game I still wanted to maintain the tempo in the second game. I played well, my attacking was going perfectly, I am really happy with the way that it went on.”
Srikanth will now next compete in the Paris Open and concluded that it would be difficult to replicate such a performance there. “I am not really thinking of winning in Paris now. It’s really tough after winning a title, following tournaments are very tough. I really want to start off well, win the first round match first. That’s more important for me now.”