NEW DELHI: Kidambi Srikanth continued his brilliant run in the Australian Open Super Series and made it to the semi-final of the event defeating his Indian compatriot Sai Praneeth on Friday. The World No. 22 beat Praneeth in straight games 25-23, 21-17 in the all-Indian quarterfinal to reach his third consecutive Super Series semi-final.
The second game began in similar fashion with Praneeth once again maintaining a slim lead over Srikanth, despite being given no breathing space. The equation was soon levelled at 9-9 before Srikanth stretched it to 16-12 in his favour. From there on, Srikanth did not commit any error, and at 19-15, was just two points away from making it to the final four. Even as Praneeth tried to fight back, Srikanth eventually clinched it 21-17.
Srikanth’s road to the semi-final include wins over Chinese Taipei’s Kan Chao Yu and World No. 1 Son Wan-Ho of South Korea.There was nothing to choose in the closely-contested opening game as both shuttlers matched each other point for point, even though for the most part of it, it was Praneeth who maintained a slender lead over Srikanth. However, the winner of the Indonesia Open 2017 bagged four straight points towards the end to climb into the lead and even things up at 20-20. Both shuttlers registered points back and forth before Srikanth eventually took it 25-23.