Kidambi Srikanth beats Lin Dan to win China Open

Kidambi Srikanth created history on Sunday by beating two-time Olympic and five time world champion Lin Dan to lift the China Open Super Series Premier.

By Chaitan Papnai | Updated: Nov 16, 2014, 22:02 PM IST
Kidambi Srikanth beats Lin Dan to win China Open

New Delhi: Kidambi Srikanth created history on Sunday by beating two-time Olympic and five time world champion Lin Dan to lift the China Open Super Series Premier.

Srikanth beat the Chinese international in straight sets 21-19, 21-17 to win maiden super series title of his career.

Throughout the match, Srikanth never lost his cool and eventually managed to beat one of the greatest players in the history of the game at his own backyard.

Lin Dan tried his best to put the Indian under pressure with the help of long rallies but the ploy didn't work for him as Srikanth showed enough grit to get the better of him. The way Indian shuttler fought for each point and turned the crucial points in his favour, clearly indicates that he has certainly come off age.

It's a big day for Indian badminton, as along with Srikanth, Saina Nehwal too created history by winning the women singles titles in the same tournament by beating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi to win her maiden China Open Super Series Premier.

Nehwal wrapped up the game in 43 minutes as she beat her opponent in straight sets 21-12, 22-20 to lift the trophy.

The 2012 Olympic bronze medal shuttler, comfortably pocketed the first set as the world no 35 looked hapless to put up any serious challenge in front of the Indian.

The $700,000 China Open Super Series Premier is Saina's second Super Series title this year, as she clinched the Australian Open in June.

Though, in the second set Yamaguchi upped her game and took the lead of four points at one stage, as the score read 13-9 in her favour . But then Saina levelled the score at 14-14.

As the match progressed both the players started playing at par with each other. However once the match reached 20 all, Nehwal used her experience with good effect and finish the game and match to win the prestigious title.