Srikanth enters final of Indonesia Open

HS Prannoy who had stunned World and Olympic Champion Chen Long of China to enter the semifinals won the first game 21-17 but his Japanese opponent came out with a more aggressive approach in the second game to build an early lead

World No. 22 Srikanth will meet 47 ranked Sakai in the final on Sunday. However, from thereon, he let slip of the control to hand his opponent 21-14 win meaning the contest went into the third game.

In the upcoming quarter-final match, the Indian shuttler would take on the victor of a qualifying match between China's seeded player Cheng Long and Indonesian player Jonatan Christie. Srikanth fought like a man possessed to outclass Son Wan Ho 21-15, 18- 21, 24-22 in an energy-sapping men's singles match that lasted an hour and 12 minutes here. Srikanth's all-out aggression resulted in a few errors but Son's failure to put a couple of smashes away meant that Srikanth led 11-10 at the changeover.

This is the fourth Super Series final for Srikanth, who had reached the summit clash in Singapore in April and won the China Open in 2004 and India Open in 2015.

After that, Srikanths smash touched the net chord and went over as he moved to 19-13.

KSrikanth was at his grittiest best as he shocked world No.1Son Wan Ho for a place in the final but giant-killer HS Prannoy's battle ended in agony at the Indonesia Super Series Premier, here on Saturday.

The unseeded Prannoy outplayed top seed Wei 21-10, 21-18 in a match lasting around 40 minutes, reports Xinhua news agency. Both Prannoy and Sakai were appearing in their first Superseries semi-final.

Sato came through against Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand, 13-21, 21-18, 21-14.

Prannoy secured quarterfinals after trashing the defending champion Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia in the qualifying round. He is slated to take part in next week's Australian Open, where he is drawn to face Sakai in the first round of the qualifiers.

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