Srikanth enters final of Indonesia Open

Laura Christensen
June 18, 2017

Kidambi Srikanth defeated World No.1 Son Wan Ho 21-15, 14-21, 24-22 after saving a match point in the deciding game to become the first Indian man to reach the final of the Indonesia Open, in Jakarta on Saturday. Both players stayed within touching distance of each other and were level till 19-19 before Son won a match point after a long rally.

Son started the decider with a brilliant smash down the line before misjudging a Srikanth return on the very next point. From then on the lead kept shuttling between the two till the Japanese edged out the mammoth game 28-26.

Compatriot Srikanth, who was playing on another court, also reached the last four round with a 21-15 21-14 win over Chinese Taipei's Tzu Wei Wang.

With this win, Srikanth improved his head-to-head record to 3-4 against Son; he had lost his last four matches against Son.

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The final will be held on Sunday. After the breather, the World No. 47 Sakai continued to dominate the third game, opening up a six point lead at 17-11.

She will face Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea in the final, who earlier overpowered American Zhang Beiwen 21-10, 8-21, 21-10. The Korean jumped out to 13-10 after the break only to see Srikanth's powerful smashes helping the Indian to come back for 14-14.

Kidambi had been the champion of China Open Super Series in 2014 after defeated host country's seasoned player Lin Dan.

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

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