JAKARTA: Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Sunday claimed his first ever Indonesia Open Superseries title after defeating Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai in an impressive win. World No.22 Srikanth who clinched a spot in the final after scoring a victory against World No.1 Son Wan Ho of South Korea a day earlier only needed 37 minutes to overpower Sakai in two straight sets with 21-11, 21-19. “It’s been a long time since I’ve won a super series as I was actually injured after the Olympics,” Srikanth told journalists after the game in Jakarta. Sakai who ranked 47th managed to take back control at the beginning of the second game and was leading by 11-6 but Srikanth quickly caught up and ended his tournament in victory.
“It’s definitely much needed for me after losing the final in the Singapore Open,” Srikanth said. The 24-year-old athlete managed to reach the final in the Singapore Open in April but had to admit defeat against fellow Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth. In the women’s single, Sakai’s compatriot Sayaka Sato won her first ever singles title in a Badminton World Federation Super Series event after defeating World’s No.5, Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea by 21-13, 17-21, 21-19. “After the second game, I saw my opponent’s face was quite tense... that’s when I started to earn point by point,” Sato told journalists.