Kidambi Srikanth beats Chen Long to win 2017 Australian Open

Jun 27, 2017 12:01 IST

Kidambi Srikanth on 25 June 2017 won the 2017 Australian Open Men’s Singles title.

Srikanth defeated Olympic champion Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 to clinch the Sydney crown.

On the other hand, Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara won the Women’s Singles title.

Kidambi Srikanth beats Chen Long to win 2017 Australian Open

About Kidambi Srikanth

Born on 7 February 1993, Srikanth Kidambi is an Indian badminton player.

As of 18 June 2017, his world ranking is 22.

He shot to prominence by defeating Olympic Champion Lin Dan in 2014 China Open Super Series Premier by 21–19 21–17 in the final round. He was the first Indian to win a Super Series Premier Men's title.

In April 2017, Srikanth and Sai Praneeth created history when they became the first ever Indian pair to enter the finals of a ranking event in Badminton. It was Sai Praneeth who prevailed 17-21, 21-17, 21-12 eventually to clinch the Singapore Super Series title.

In June 2017, Srikanth clinched the Indonesia Open Men's Singles trophy with a straight-game victory over Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai in the final.

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About Australian Open

The Australian Open is an international badminton open held in Australia.

In 2011, it was upgraded to a Grand Prix Gold level event.

In 2014, Australian Open Grand Prix Gold is promoted to a Super Series level event.

In 2016, Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus won the Men’s Singles title.

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