K Srikanth enters Men's singles final of Indonesia Open

K Srikanth enters Men's singles final of Indonesia Open

K Srikanth was at his grittiest best as he shocked world No.1 Son Wan Ho for a place in the final but giant-killer HS Prannoys battle ended in agony at the Dollars 1,000,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier, here today. The giant-killer squandered five match points to go down fighting to the 47 ranked Kazumasa Sakai of Japan, 21-17, 26-28, 18-21 in 1 hour 16 minutes.

In the second game, Srikanth opened up a 4-2 lead before moving to 8-5 but Son managed to come back at 9-9 but he grabbed a slender 11-10 lead at interval. With his deft touches at the net perfectly working, the Guntur-born shuttler built an 11-6 lead at half-time.

The deciding game saw both the players exchange the lead but Son edged ahead as Srikanth failed to capitalise on a couple of short lifts from Son.

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The 34-year-old seasoned Malaysian player won Indonesia Open super series in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016. Srikanth had a 2-4 head-to-head record against Son, having lost to the Korean four times in the last four meetings but all that didn't matter on the day.

The world no.22 Indian had last won a Super Series in 2015 and will be hoping to end his search when he takes on his Japanese opponent in the summit clash on Sunday.

The unseeded Prannoy outplayed top seed Wei 21-10, 21-18 in a match lasting around 40 minutes, reports Xinhua news agency. However, keeping with the trend of the game, Srikanth fought back and when Son hit a drive, on a 31-shot rally, the latter's lead was cut to just a point. He then defeated the reigning Olympic, World and Asian Champion Chen Long in the quarterfinals on Friday in a grueling three-game match.

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