India’s Day at China Open

Srikanth Stuns Lin Dan in Final after Saina Takes Women’s Title

This will be one Super Series badminton tournament that will be etched in the memory of Indian fans of the game for long.

Two players from India took home the women’s and men’s singles titles at the China Open today.

When the men’s final between India’s Srikanth Kidambi and China’s top-seed world champion Lin Dan began this afternoon, little did I anticipate a close fight. I thought it would be a cakewalk for the mighty Chinese badminton star.

Srikanth Kidambi

Instead, it was Srikanth, trained by the Gopichand Academy, who rattled Lin by taking the first game, 20-19, after almost leading all through the game.

It was neck and neck again in the second but Srikanth took the game again 20-17 to record the biggest win of his career, beating badminton’s biggest star Lin Dan in two straight games in his home turf.

Srikanth opposes shuttle change: Before serving for the match, Lin Dan requested a change in the shuttle. Nothing unusual as almost after every two points the shuttle is changed with the mutual consent of the players and permission from the umpire. This time, though, Srikanth opposed it and the referee went with him.

Lin did not look bitter but personally I feel that resistance could have been avoided by Srikanth who won the point he served for and the match.

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No Chinese Player in Women’s Final: Earlier, Saina Nehwal won the women’s final, beating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in two straight games. This was the first time there was no player from China in a final.

It was only recently that Saina had complained about excessive Chinese domination in badminton. That, I thought, was not good sportsmanship. Today’s result is a refreshing departure from such a needless outburst.

Fashionable Saina

This is a Sunday well spent for me, watching the two finals on television and blogging/tweeting about it.

Well done Srikanth and Saina!

All pictures taken from a Google library

G Joslin Vethakumar

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