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Kidambi Srikanth wins Australian Open, Twitter hails new badminton hero

Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth extended his stellar run of form to become the first Indian male shuttler to win two consecutive Super Series title after he won the Australia Open and etch his name in the history of Indian badminton.

Prior to that, Srikanth had also claimed the Indonesia Open title earlier in June and survived as runner-up at the Singapore Open.

The 11th-ranked Srikanth beat Shi, the world number four, 21-10, 21-14 in just 37 minutes to reach his third successive Superseries final. He was the fifth player in the world to contest three consecutive Super Series finals.

The 12 tournaments lead to a finals at the Dubai World Superseries, and the Dubai champion is crowned the BWF superseries overall victor for the year.

Srikanth and Shi engaged in long rallies with both the shuttlers staying away from the net early on. He will now face the victor of the match between China's Chen Long andKorea's Lee Hyun Il in the final.

But perhaps jolted by the lead he had conceded, Long gathered himself just in time, starting with a deftly- placed smash, to make it 11-11.

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In the first game, the 24-year-old Srikanth played a flawless net game which troubled Long. The World No. 11 had won the Indonesian Open title last Sunday to jump 11 places in World ranking.

Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth achieved what many aspire for!

"This morning my home town had an natural disaster so I wanted to send good news to them", Okuhara said.

The second game saw a much improved performance from the Indian.

After the break, the Chinese tried to be more aggressive but Srikanth managed to reach 15-8.

Srikanth outclassed Olympic gold medallist Long is straight sets as he mostly dominated the game. Brutal, brilliant - Srikanth's aggressive game was right on point that gave the World No. 4 no chance to settle into the match.

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