India’s top ranked men’s shuttler Kidambi Srikanth lived up to his reputation being the top seed at the Syed Modi International Championships in Lucknow. Playing his second final this year, he made sure not to lose this one after narrowly missing out in the Malaysian Open last week. Srikanth played Yuxiang Huang in the final but he was not the only Indian playing in the finals, Pranaav Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar also made it to the final in Lucknow.
Kidambi Srikanth wins three-game thriller
Srikanth started the first game on high gear taking no time in gaining a decent lead and pressurising his opponent. He won the first game 21-13, Huang started slow on his recovery in the second game, but coming midway he overturned the game in his favour taking five consecutive points when losing 12-7 to make it 12 each. He then shocked Srikanth picking up another consecutive five points that helped the Chinaman force the match into the deciding game.
With the title on the line, neither player willing back-down from a fight in the third and final game saw the two being level on points for most duration of the game after a much poor start from the Indian. But a consecutive run of six points helped Srikanth seal the fate of the game and the match.
The final score read 21-13, 14-21, 21-14 in favour of Kidambi Srikanth. This is Srikanth’s first title since winning the Indian Open in March last year.
Pranaav Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar settle for runners-up
Unlike Srikanth, Chopra and Dewalkar failed to make the most of their final match against V Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan of Malaysia. The men’s doubles team lost both the games after an impressive start winning 21-14. The second set went into deuce and the Indian pair missed out narrowly at 24-22, but the pair was completely over-powered in the final game losing 21-8.