Srikanth downs World No 1, enters final

Srikanth downs World No 1, enters final
After four successive defeats to Son Wan Ho, K Srikanth finally found a way to beat the world number one Korean and attributed it to his consistency during the crucial points.

The Andhra shuttler defeated San 21-15, 14-21, 24-22 to set up a summit clash at the Indonesia Super Series Premier with Kazumasa Sakai of Japan, who defeated another Indian shuttler H S Prannoy.

“All my previous matches with him were long and very close,” Srikanth, who reached his fourth Super Series final, told DH. “Even the one today was exhausting but this time I managed to be consistent during the important points, and it worked for me. It was a great relief to break the deadlock. I am thrilled to make back-to-back finals of a Super Series. I feel I am now handling the drift and conditions better. My focus now is only on the finals tomorrow (Sunday).”

Srikanth had also reached the finals of the Singapore Super Series, where he lost to compatriot Sai Praneeth. The 24-year-old, who had won two Super Series titles in 2014 and 2015, said he was excited about the final against unseeded Japanese Kazumasa Sakai.

“I want to win another title but I am not desperate. He has been playing some good badminton, I haven’t played him before. It should be a good match,” said Srikanth.

“My main focus is Word Championships and I feel confident going into it following these performances. I don't want to focus too much on rankings, but If I play like this consistently, I can be number one,” he added.

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