On Saturday, Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth dished out a brave performance to World No.1 Korean Son Wan Ho to reach the Open finals of the USD 1,000,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier.
The 24-year-old from Guntur fought ferociously to outclass Son 21—15 18—21 24—22 in an energy-sapping men’s singles match that lasted an hour and 12 minutes.
As Srikanth had survived a battle of attrition at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), he had a 2—4 head-to-head record against Son, even had lost to the Korean four times in the last four meetings.
On Sunday, The World No. 22 player will next face Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai in the finals.
The Fourth Super Series final for Srikanth, who had led the summit clash in Singapore in April and won the 2014 China Open and 2015 India Open. Earlier, H S Prannoy played his heart out but eventually ran out of steam on Japanese Kazumasa Sakai to go down nearly in the other semifinal.
Prannoy, who had shocked Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei and gold medallist Chen Long in the last two days, got to the match point five times but he could not convert to eventually go down 21—17, 26—28, 18—21 in a 77 —minute men’s singles match.
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