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Kidambi Srikanth beats Olympic champion Chen Long to lift Australia Open

The world number eleven beat Chen Long in straight sets. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 25, 2017, 06.28 AM (IST)

India's Kidambi Srikanth beat reigning Olympic champion Chen Long to lift the Australia Open Super Series event.

This is the world number eleven's second Super Series win in as many weeks.

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Srikanth's attacking display was mesmerising as he beat Long in straight sets 22-20 21-16 to win his maiden Australia Open Super Series event.

This was Srikanth's first win against the reigning Olympic champion, and it came after he played ten matches in two weeks.

Srikanth, who has been ranked as high as number three in the world, has had a stellar 2017 by reaching the final of Singapore Open and winning the Indonesia Open last week.

Srikanth beat world number one Son Wan Ho for the second time a fortnight en route to winning the title.

Born in Guntur in India's Andhra Pradesh state, the 24-year-old shot to international fame when he beat double Olympic champion and five-time world champion Lin Dan in the China Open in 2014.

 

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