K Srikanth defeats 5-time world champion Lin Dan to win China Open

Andhra Pradesh lad stuns two-time Olympic champ Lin Dan to win China Open Super Series

Fuzhou (China): Young Indian shuttler K Srikanth clinched his maiden Super Series title after defeating two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China in the men's singles events of the USD 700,000 China Open Super Series Premier, here yesterday.

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India's Kidambi Srikanth celebrates after beating China’s Lin Dan during their men's singles final of the China Open yesterday. Pic/PTI.

The 21-year-old from Andhra Pradesh showed nerves of steel to produce a dominating performance which helped him see off five-time world champion Lin 21-19 21-17 in the men’s singles final which lasted 46 minutes.

China's Lin Dan
China's Lin Dan. Pic/PTI.

Srikanth, who won the Thailand Open GP Gold last year, had finished runners-up at the 2014 India Open GP Gold in Lucknow and was a quarter-finalist in this year’s Malaysian Open. He was also a part of the Indian badminton contingent that reached the semi-finals of the mixed team event at the Glasgow CWG. This is the first time any Indian male shuttler has won a Super Series Premier event ever since the Super Series and Premier tournaments were introduced.

Compatriot Saina Nehwal who won the women’s singles title here hailed Srikanth’s effort. “I’m extremely happy for Srikanth. His win was amazing. It has turned out to be a historic moment for Indian badminton,” she said.

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Heartiest congratulations to Srikanth..well done..amazing victory
— @Guttajwala

Wow!!Srikanth won the China Premier SS. Pretty unbelievable stuff! Congratulations
— @P9Ashwini (Ponnappa)

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