Kidambi Srikanth wins Denmark Open and third Super Series title of 2017
India's star shuttler blows away Korean Lee Hyun Il 21-10, 21-5 to win Denmark Open
India's Kidambi Srikanth clinched his third Super Series Premier title with a dominant straight-game win over Korean veteran Lee Hyun II in a lop-sided final of the USD 750,000 Denmark Open yesterday. Playing an opponent 12 years his senior, Srikanth asserted his dominance with a 21-10, 21-5 win over Lee, 37, in the 25-minute final. World No. 8 Srikanth didn't give any chances to the more experienced Lee, who looked a pale shadow of the man, who'd beaten World No. 2 Son Wan Ho in the semis yesterday.
Deception and power
The duo were tied 4-4, before Srikanth changed gears and used his deception and powerful smashes to lead 9-5. Soon Srikanth led 11-6 and stretched that to 14-8. Lee also made judgement errors at the baseline and hit two long shots to hand over a 20-8 lead to Srikanth. The Indian made two unforced errors to allow Lee get into doubles figures before pocketing Game 1. In the second game, Srikanth stepped on the gas and zoomed to a 11-1 lead even as Lee seemed to struggled with his strokes, hitting wide and long too often. The Korean simply lacked anticipation and Srikanth smashed his way to the title. Inthanon wins women's 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.
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