Shuttler Srikanth in Australian Open final

Australian Open badminton: No stopping Srikanth as Indian ace closes in on second straight title

Srikanth, who was in his third quarter-finals in the last five tournaments that he has participated in, made it to the semi-finals with a 25-23, 21-17 win in a match that lasted for 43 minutes.

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth marched his way into the final of the Australian Open Super Series after beating China's Shi Yuqi 21-10, 21-14.

"It's a dream performance", said Srikanth, who had suffered a stress fracture in his right ankle after the Olympics.

He is just one step away from clinching second straight SS title and he looks unstoppable at the moment. Not providing the Chinese much breathing room, Srikanth sealed the opening game 21-10 in just 15 minutes.

The Guntur-born lad will take on either reigning Olympic champion Chen Long of China or South Korea's Lee Hyun Il in the final on Sunday. The World No.11 has reached three consecutive Superseries finals now.

"I was in control of the whole match, I didn't give him any easy points at the start". The Indian relied on strong returns to lead 9-6 in the first game.

The Indian continued to hold the upper hand, building on his lead to go into the break with a healthy 11-7 advantage.

Tai stayed level through the first game but Yamaguchi got lucky on her first game point - the shuttle catching the tape and tumbling into Tai's court - and the Japanese consolidated her lead with solid play in the second. Srikanth bagged a couple of lucky points to extend his supremacy to 14-8, but with time running out, Yuqi showed signs of life by winning the next three points.

The Indian seemed in total control as he moved effortlessly to change positions from the forecourt to the back to eventually move to 19-13.



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