Badminton: Unseeded players dominate Indonesia Open semis

Jun 18, 2017, 01:30
Badminton: Unseeded players dominate Indonesia Open semis

KIDAMBI SRIKANTH enters the finals of Indonesia Super Series Premier after a stunning victory over World No. 1 Son Wan Ho 21-15, 14-21, 24-22.

Srikanth fought like a man possessed to outclass Korean Ho in an energy-sapping men's singles match that lasted 72 minutes. Srikanth had a great chance to earn a match point opportunity but the Indian's smash came off the frame of his racquet as the Korean took the lead.

Son started to chip away at the lead after the changeover as Srikanth struggled with the drift and pushed a few shuttles wide on Son's backhand. But post interval, Son Wan suddenly won series of points putting Srikanth under huge pressure. Their only previous meeting was at the Indonesia Open in 2013, where Sakai won 21-13, 14-21, 21-17.

The deciding game saw both the players exchange the lead but Son edged ahead as Srikanth failed to capitalise on a couple of short lifts from Son.

Earlier in the day, HS Prannoy looked poised to make his maiden Superseries final.

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This is the fourth Super Series final for Srikanth, who had reached the summit clash in Singapore in April and won the 2014 China Open and 2015 India Open.

Sakai rode on the confidence of winning the second game to take a 6-2 lead in the decider.

Chen, the Rio Olympics champion, played with the Indian non-seeded player in one hour and 15 minutes.

Son moved to a 13-10 lead after the interval but Srikanth slowly levelled par at 14-14 with a clever shot on Sons forehand.

Prannoy secured quarterfinals after trashing the defending champion Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia in the qualifying round.

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