Australian Open Series - Srikanth Kadmabi Wins, Rise of Indian Male in Badminton

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Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth eked out thrilling victories in the men's singles second round to set up an all-Indian quarterfinal clash at the $7,50,000 Australian Super Series badminton tournament here Thursday.

He won the game in less than 30 minutes to outclass Chinese Cheng Long in straight games 22-20, 21-16.

The former world no 3, who has had to sit out long parts of last season due to injury, went on to say that his desire to play more competitive badminton has helped him progress to the final of three consecutive super series tournaments - in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia. He was runner-up in Singapore open and lifted the title in Indonesian super series.

"I'm playing better after the Sudirman Cup". In the early minutes of the match, Srikanth won his first point with a 28-shot rally with a delicate half smash to level at 1-1.

Kidambi Srikanth has held his never eve though Chen Long threatened to run away with the advantage having secured a two-point lead, winning four points in a row, moving to 19-17.

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Srikanth got better of qualifier Kan Chao Yu followed by World no. 1 Son Wan Ho and Praneeth respectively. That gave us a lot of time to work on his fitness, make new strategies.

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Srikanth has been in aggressive form last fortnight snapping at opponents with his rushes to the net and whipping smashes but was acutely aware of Long's ability to find a toehold from a clutch of winners. "He has not only made the whole country proud once again but has etched his name among the best and no word would enough to praise Srikanth", said Sharma while congratulating Srikanth on his awesome win. Srikanth continued to remain aggressive but trailed for the first time in the second game after a successful challenge from Chen. "I congratulate him for yet another wonderful win", Prime Minister Modi wrote on Twitter.

Srikanth had stewed over the disappointment of missing out on an Olympics semifinal spot when after leading, he had crumbled into a bunch of errors at Rio against Lin Dan.

The second game began with a fiery baseline rally that ended with Srikanth smashing his way to earn the first point. At 16-13, Srikanth scored one victor after the other, executing his superior backhand to perefection to take a lead at 19-16.