K Srikanth. Pic/PTI
Indian shuttler K Srikanth dished out a gritty performance to stun World No.1 Korean Son Wan Ho to reach the finals of the $1,000,000 Indonesia Super Series Premier on Saturday.
The 24-year-old from Guntur fought like a man possessed to outclass Son 21-15, 18-21, 24-22 in an energy-sapping men’s singles match that lasted an hour and 12 minutes here. 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 Saturday as he survived a battle of attrition at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC). World No. 22 Srikanth will next face Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai in the finals today.
Earlier, giant-killer HS Prannoy played his heart out but eventually ran out of steam against Japanese Kazumasa Sakai to go down narrowly in the other semi-final. The World No. 25, who had shocked Olympic silver- medallist Lee Chong Wei and gold-medallist Chen Long in the last two days, got to the match point five times but he could not convert to eventually go down 21-17, 26-28, 18-21 in men’s singles match.
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