Denmark Open: Kidambi Srikanth Outclasses Lee Hyun Il To Win His Third Superseries Premier Title

Updated: 23 October 2017 00:22 IST

The 25-year-old overcame his 37-year-old opponent in just 25 minutes.

Denmark Open: Kidambi Srikanth Outclasses Lee Hyun Il To Win His Third Superseries Premier Title
Kidambi Srikanth beat his opponent Lee Hyun-Il in just 25 minutes. © AFP

Indian ace Kidambi Srikanth registered a comfortable 21-10, 21-5 victory over his opponent Lee Hyun-Il of South Korea to win his third Superseries Premier title on Sunday. The 37-year-old Lee Hyun couldn't anticipate Srikanth's shots as the match ended in just 25 minutes. The World number 8 Srikanth, who won 5th Superseries title and third this year, overshadowed his opponent with his down the line powerful smashes and deceptive net play. In the opening game, the duo were tied 4-4, before Srikanth changed gears and used his skills and power to lead 9-5. A return going to the net gave a point to Lee but Srikanth produced a brilliant cross court net dribble to bamboozle his opponent and moved into the break with a healthy 11-6 lead when the Korean went wide.

Lee had no answers to Srikanth's razor-sharp smashes and cross court returns as the Indian led 14-8. Lee also made judgement errors at the baseline and also miscued his strokes as Srikanth extended his advantage to 17-8 with another smash.

The Korean hit two long shots and then sent one at the net to hand over a 20-8 lead to Srikanth.

The Indian made two unforced errors to allow Lee get into doubles figures. But Lee again erred with the length of his return as Srikanth pocketed the first game.

In the second game, Srikanth stepped on the gas and zoomed to a 11-1 lead even as Lee struggled with his strokes, hitting wide and long and often finding the net.

Post mid-game break, Lee produced a steep cross court return, much to the cheer of the sizable crowd who had turned out to watch the finals. The Korean lacked anticipation as Srikanth smashed his way to the title.

Earlier, 2013 World Champion Ratchanok Inthanon produced another gritty display to stave off the challenge from World No. 5 and defending champion Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 14-21 21-15 21-19 to win her first title of the season.

"I didn't think about winning or losing. I just wanted to give my best for our beloved King, who passed away last year. It has been difficult for us and I am happy I could find the mental strength and power to win today," a teary-eyed Inthanon said.

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch, had passed away last year after 70 years as head of state.

Among other matches, Hong Kong's eighth seeded mixed doubles pair of Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet, who had clinched the 2012 Japan Open Super Series, notched up their maiden major title.

They defeated top seeded Chinese combo of Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen 24-22 19-21 23-21 in a thrilling contest that lasted a little less than an hour.

Korea's women's doubles pair of Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan, who had won the 2014 World championship bronze medal at Denmark, dished out another sensational performance to outwit Japanese sixth seeds Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto 21-13 21-16 to clinch the title.

Chinese pair of Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan, seeded fifth, defeated second seeded Indonesian combo of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 21-16 22-24 21-19 in the men's doubles final clash.

(With PTI inputs)

Topics : Kidambi Srikanth Badminton
Highlights
  • Srikanth beat Lee Hyun Il in just 25 minutes
  • Srikanth won his 5th Superseries title
  • Srikanth won his third Superseries title of 2017
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