Indonesia Open: Kidambi Srikanth takes on Japanese Kazumasa Sakai in a bid to clinch title

first_imgIndia’s star shuttler Kidambi Srikanth will take on world number 47 Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in a bid to clinch his first Indonesia Super Series title on Sunday in the final of the men’s singles event.No Indian player has ever won the Indonesia Open and Srikanth will be looking to break the barrier.Srikanth reached the final after a thrilling semi-final against world no.1 Son Wan Ho of Korea, which he won 21-15, 14-21, 24-22 in 73 minutes.Srikanth showed wonderful grit and determination against Wan Ho to put into practice his strategic attacking display but he earned the winning point with sheer instinctive defence.On the other hand, the unseeded Sakai put an end to HS Prannoy’s dream run in the tournament after he defeated the Indian 17-21, 28-26, 21-18 in an hour and 16 minutes to enter the summit showdown.HS Prannoy, on his way to the semi-final, had defeated Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei and Olympic champion Chen Long.This is Srikanth’s second consecutive Super Series final, after he reached the summit clash at Singapore Open where he lost to compatriot B Sai Praneeth.If the world no.22 manages to win today, it will be his third Super Series title after he had notched up victories at the 2014 China Open and the 2015 India Open.last_img

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