Three-in-a-Row for Srikanth – Day 4: CROWN GROUP Australian Open 2017

Immaculate. Kidambi Srikanth’s third World Superseries final in a row happened with a perfect execution of tactics, as the Indian’s dream season extended into the CROWN GROUP Australian Open 2017 in Sydney today.

With his demolition job of China’s Shi Yuqi (21-10 21-14), Srikanth became the first Men’s Singles player since Lee Chong Wei in 2015 to make three straight World Superseries finals.

There was little for him to say at the end of his 37-minute rout, for it had been against an opponent who did little wrong, but who could find no answers to the smooth skills of the Indian. Srikanth caught Shi in quicksand at the front court, and when he rose to fire in his smashes, the shuttle invariably whistled past the outstretched racket of the Chinese.

“Yes, it’s a dream performance,” said Srikanth. “I played a World Superseries final (Singapore Open) after two years, and then to play the next two finals is a dream for sure. I was in control of the whole match, I didn’t give him any easy points at the start. It’s just that I had to stay there, he’s someone who wants to keep the shuttle in play and goes for the odd shot, so I wanted to stay there and not give him easy points. I was in control at the net.

“I have no thoughts about the final, no thoughts about winning or losing. (If it is Chen Long) I’ve played him four or five times. Most times it was close. I played him twice this year, I lost 21-19 or so.”

(To be updated)