Hyderabad: A ruthless Kidambi Srikanth had the measure of the experienced Lee Hyun-il 21-10, 21-5 in a lop-sided final of the Denmark Open Super Series tournament in Odense on Sunday. A dominate Srikanth decimated the 37-year-old Korean in mere 25 minutes.
In the process, the 24-year-old Srikanth followed in the footsteps of Saina Nehwal of winning three Super Series in the year. Saina had won the Singapore Open, Indonesian Open and Hong Kong Open in 2010. Srikanth had triumphed in the Indonesian Open, Australian Open and now the Denmark Open. “I think it is good to win three Super Series titles this year,’’ said Srikanth.
The in-form Srikanth set the terms of the encounter and his opponent could do little to stem the flow. The Indian was able to pick off points at will with his game. His precise down-the-line or angled smashes or impeccable net play brook no answer from the Korean left-hander. The Korean’s game wilted under the relentless pressure from Srikanth.
But Srikanth had expected some fight from Hyun-iL particularly after the Korean had some big scalps, including Chen Long (China) and Son Won Ho, on his way to the final. Srikanth admitted that he was little bit of tense before the summit clash. “I expected a tough fight because he had the experience. I was very tense,’’ said Srikanth.
But Hyun-iL was outpaced and outplayed by the fast-moving Srikanth. Though the Korean started promisingly and leveling it four-all but after that it was Srikanth all the way. The Indian led 11-6 at the break. On resumption, Srikanth was in full flow as he conceded another four points before bagging the first game in 12 minutes.
Srikanth was on a roll in the second game too. He uncorked some sizzling smashes to maintain that winning momentum. “I wanted to keep the focus and looked for the opening from the first point in the second game.’’ It was one-way traffic as he jumped to a massive 11-1 lead before wrapping up the title. He thus became the second Indian to win the Denmark Open after the legendary Prakash Padukone who had won it in the seventies.
Srikanth will now head for the French Open which gets under way fromTuesday. Asked whether he will be favorite to win the title in Paris, Srikanth said he would like to focus the first round match before thinking of the title.