Kidambi Srikanth creates history by winning Indonesia Open
Kidambi Srikanth beat Kazumasa Sakai, a qualifier from Japan, in straight sets. (File photo) Photograph: (Zee News Network)
Kidambi Srikanth beat Japan's Kazumasa Sakai in straight sets to become the first Indian male shuttler to lift Indonesia Super Series Premier singles title.
The world number 22 beat the Japanese qualifier 21-11 21-19 in 37 minutes to win the $1 million event.
Srikanth had beaten world number one Son Wan-Hoon in the second semi-final on Saturday. The other notable scalp en route to winning the event was world no 9 Jan O Jorgensen.
This is the 24-year-old shuttler's second Super Series event. He had won the China Open in 2014, beating badminton legend Lin Dan in the final.
After a relatively modest 2016, Srikanth has been in purple vein of form in the last few months. He had reached the final of at Singapore Open where he lost to his compatriot B Sai Praneeth.