Kidambi Srikanth beat Rio Olympics 2016 champion Chen Long of China in the Australian Open Super Series final on Sunday to win his second successive Superseries title.
The World No. 11 had won the Indonesian Open title last Sunday to jump 11 places in World ranking. Sreekanth recorded his first win over the sixth-ranked Long, having lost to the Chinese in all their six meetings before. He defeated Long 22-20, 21-16 in his third straight Super Series final.
He earlier knocked out reigning World No. 1 Son Wan Ho in the second round to advance to quarterfinals of the tournament in Sydney. That was his second victory over the South Korean in two weeks. He had earlier stunned Son Wan Ho 21-15, 14-21, 24-22 last week in the semifinals of the Indonesia Open.
Twitter exploded with joyous reactions after Srikanth’s proud victory with Indians praising the 24-year-old for his winning streak. Wishes poured in from current and former athletes of various sports. While former cricketer Virender Sehwag congratulated the youngster and told him to take a bow, HS Prannoy tweeted, “Looks like it’s getting tough for everyone to Clinch titles when Indian boys are in form!! Congrats.”
Even hockey captain lauded the efforts of Srikanth while Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that he was proud of the shuttler. Here are some of the tweets celebrating Srikanth’s victory:
@srikidambi on fire 🔥💪🏽💪🏽 love it.. huge congratulations once again .. keep it rolling
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) 25 June 2017
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) 25 June 2017
— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) 25 June 2017
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 25 June 2017
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 25 June 2017
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 25 June 2017
— sreejesh p r (@16Sreejesh) 25 June 2017
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) 25 June 2017
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) 25 June 2017
— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) 25 June 2017
Massive congrats @srikidambi back to back titles, not many players have done that 👍🏼😃🏆🇮🇳💪🏸. Jai hind
— Mathias Boe (@mathiasboe) 25 June 2017
Whoops corrections.Three finals back to back and two titles for @srikidambi 🏆Superb stuff 🙌🏻👍🏼Congratulations 😊
— Ashwini Ponnappa (@P9Ashwini) 25 June 2017
So @srikidambi has now, single-handedly, won one-third of the Superseries events held so far this year. Remarkable stuff.
— Debdatta Sengupta (@SrkDiya) June 25, 2017
The Hyderabad shuttler has now reached three straight Super Series finals – Singapore, Indonesia and now Australia and won the last two.