For a long time, Indian badminton was proud of its female competitors. The likes of Saina Nehwal and now PV Sindhu have made the country proud on the global stage as the world has started to recognize India as a badminton superpower. And now the men have started hitting their stride as well, with the likes of Kidami Srikanth making waves on the international scene.
Srikanth faced Chen Long in the final of the Australian Super Series. The first game was all Srikanth as raced into the lead.
Srikanth played at a very aggressive tempo, which Chen could not cope with. Srikanth was leading 10-6 at one point, before Chen fought back to make it 10-9.
Chen went up another gear as he went into the lead at 12-11.
Chen did not look back as he showed his class and looked set to take the game at 19-17. But Srikanth made a comeback and leveled it up at 19-19, and then took the game 22-20.
The second game started as Srikanth raced into a fast lead 6-3. Srikanth raced ahead at went on to 17-13, as he closed in one his second Super Series Open.
Srikanth did not let go, as the as went on to 19-16 as he came so close to a victory.
Srikanth won the game and then the match, 22-20, 21-16.