6/29/2017 3:42:19 PM

Srikanth upsets Olympic champion to win Australian Open

Srikanth upsets Olympic champion to win Australian Open

India's Kidambi Srikanth claimed a first victory over Olympic and two-time world champion Chen Long to win the Australian Open Superseries final in Sydney on Sunday.

The 11th-ranked Srikanth outgunned the sixth-ranked Chinese star 22-20, 21-16 in 46 minutes for his second successive Superseries title after winning the Indonesia Open earlier this month.

It was Srikanth's first win in six encounters against the Rio Olympic champion, with Chen defeating the Indian at the Sudirman Cup on Australia's Gold Coast last month.

“I was not thinking of winning or losing. I missed competitive badminton during my break last year and wanted to enjoy the match," Srikanth said. "These conditions are such that you can’t really attack, it’s a bit slow, you have to be prepared for a long match."

 

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