Chandrababu Naidu congratulates Kidambi Srikanth for winning Australian Open

Despite being ill upon arriving in Sydney, Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has overcome all the odds to defeat some of the toughest opponents and be crowned the Australian Open Super Series champion.

Srikanth won in straight games 22-20, 21-16 to win his career's fourth Super Series title. This was his third straight final in the Super Series, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. All of us went to the stadium where Srikanth used to play, before he joined the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy. In a totally contrasting game, Srikanth played long rallies.

"To beat Chen Long in the final of a big event is not easy".

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Srikanth utilised his attacking strokeplay against Chen, who was mostly forced to defend.

In the women's singles final, Nozomi Okuhara overcame Japanese compatriot Akane Yamaguchi 21-12, 21-23, 21-17 to clinch her first BWF World Superseries title since the 2016 Yonex All England Open. "I have no thoughts about the final, no thoughts about winning or losing". What followed thereafter was a series of cautious shots as Srikanth attempted to tire Chen, moving him all across the court to lead 5-3. "I feel less pressure now as an independent player, that's why my performances have improved in recent times", Lee said.

A victory for the Indian player will also mean that Indian players would have won three out of the six superseries tournaments this year. Unlike the first game where Long launched a comeback, here Srikanth was in no mood to relent, opening a five-point lead at 19-15. Brutal, brilliant - Srikanth's aggressive game was right on point that gave the World No. 4 no chance to settle into the match. However, Srikanth seemed determined to end his winless streak against his fancied rival and led 11-9 at the lemon break of the second game.

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