Indonesia Super Series: PM Modi congratulates Srikanth on his maiden title win

HS Prannoy

With this win, the 24-year-old from Guntur became the first Indian male shuttler to win an Indonesia Open title. However, there has been no problems whatsoever for Srikanth in the Indonesia Open, playing some unbelievable badminton to reach the final.

Srikanth Kidambi of India poses during the awarding ceremony after the men's singles final match against Sakai Kuzumasa of Japan at Indonesia Open 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 18, 2017.

Srikanth then produced a precise crosscourt smash and then returned an onrushing shot from Son to raise his arms in celebration.

After his stunning wins over Olympic silver-medallist Lee Chong Wei and Rio gold-medallist Chen Long, expectations were high from Prannoy but the Indian suffered a heart-breaking 21-17, 26-28, 18-21defeat to Japanese Kazumasa Sakai in a 77- minute men's singles match. "I want to thank all the fans who have been rooting for me all this week", said Kidambi Srikanth after the win.

Srikanth had also reached the finals of the Singapore Super Series, where he lost to compatriot Sai Praneeth. Later, Srikanth consolidated his lead to reach 11-8 at the break. The duo moved neck and neck after that till 19-19 before Srikanth produced two fantastic smashes to seal the issue.

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"Otherwise, frankly, for any player every Super Series win has its own significance".

Srikanth revealed Sakai looked unsafe in the second game, but he had fought back to turn it around after conceding a five-point lead at the mid-game break.

Srikanth played a patient game and didn't allow his opponent to engage in any fast-paced rally. I am thrilled to make back-to-back finals of a Super Series.

Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma announced Rs. 5 lakh cash award for Srikanth for winning the Indonesia Open.

"The results have made us very proud. He was really pushing me", Srikanth recalled.

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