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New Delhi: Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth clinched his third Superseries title of the season as he crushed South Korean Lee Hyun II to win the men's singles title of the Denmark Open here on Sunday.

Eighth seed Srikanth cantered to a 21-10, 21-5 win in just 25 minutes as he added to the titles of Australian Open and Indonesian Open in the season. Overall, it was his fifth Superseries title.

 

Playing in his fourth Superseries final of the year, the 24-year-old from Guntur was dominant from the beginning, determining the pace of the game.

World No.15 Lee hardly got a grip of Srikanth's tenacity, placements and the variety of his strokes.

In the first game, Lee showed stomach to fight for points, taking a 3-1 lead. But Srikanth equalised 3-3 before holding a 4-3 lead. Lee fought back and equalised in the very next action.

The Indian held an 11-6 lead in the first game till the mid-game break and then Srikanth kept firing winners and forcing Lee to make unforced errors.

Lee many times was not even able to pick up Srikanth's serves -- either he was slow to react or wrongly anticipated the pace and flight of the shuttle.

With his smashes falling in place, Srikanth raced to a 21-10 win in the first game.

The second game was a one-way traffic, with a ruthless clinching of one point after another.

A demoralised Lee conceded the match too easily. A 10-point lead at the mid-game break meant there was no stopping Srikanth. He then continued his impressive show to win the second game 21-5.

Meanwhile, Thailand's former world champion Ratchanok Intanon won the women's singles gold medal, beating Japanese fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi 14-21, 21-15, 21-19 in an hour and six minutes.

Chinese players Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan won the men's doubles title, overcoming Indonesian rivals Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 21-16, 22-24, 21-19, reports Xinhua news agency.

In the women's doubles final, South Koreans Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan beat Japanese sixth seeds Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto of Japan 21-13, 21-16.

The mixed doubles title went to the Hong Kong pair of Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet, who upset Chinese top seeds Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen 24-22, 19-21, 23-21.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Delhi: India's Kidambi Srikanth defeated Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-18, 21-17 and advanced to the final of the Denmark Open Super Series on Saturday. With this win he is through to his fourth straight superseries final. In a match that lasted around 39 minutes, Srikanth displayed great skills with a mix of smashes and beautiful net play to go past his Hong Kong counter-part. A 2-2 head-to-head record in career meetings -- all of which had gone to the decider -- meant nothing as Srikanth towered over Wong in the semifinal duel. The 25-year-old Indian had a big lead in the first game but Vincent closed the gap before losing the first game 18-21.

Going into the match, the World No. 8 was an overwhelming favourite against the World No. 15. The Guntur shuttler held his cool as he maintained a healthy point gap at all times of the game. Srikanth, who had defeated world champion and local favourite Viktor Axelsen in the quarter final of the tournament, displayed brilliant skills as not for a single moment did it look like that he was low on confidence.

As the second game began, Srikanth was all over his opponent by winning long rallies but trailed 9-11 in the break. Both the players played their heart-out as they remained neck and neck in the second half of the second game. The 27-year-old Hong Kong player tried to halt Srikanth's momentum with smashes towards the end of the game but Srikanth returned the smashes with ease thus breezing past him to win the second game 21-17.

The 25-year-old Indian has already clinched the Indonesia Open and Australian Open this year besides reaching the final of the Singapore Open.

"I feel great. I really wanted to do well. Our game is similar but I was more patient and though I made some errors initially I learnt quickly. Next is Lee whom I have not played and I think he will be a tricky player to beat," Srikanth told PTI.

Srikanth will aim to win his third Superseries title when he will face Lee Hyun Il of Korea on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

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New Delhi : Olympic silver medallist shuttler P V Sindhu beat world champion Nozomi Okuhara in a thrilling summit clash to clinch the women's singles title at the Korea Open Super Series today.

The 22-year-old Indian saw off eighth seed Okuhara 22-20 11-21 20-18 in an energy-sapping contest that lasted an hour and 23 minutes to exact sweet revenge of her heart-wrenching World Championship final loss to the Japanese at Glasgow last month. Expectations of an epic battle were raised after Sindhu and Okuhara set up a summit clash for the second time in little over three weeks since they had fought for an hour and 50 minutes in one of the greatest women's singles matches in the World Championships final last month.

Today's summit clash also turned out to be another electrifying contest as Sindhu displayed great stubbornness to lay claim to her third super series title of her career.

World no. 4 Sindhu, who had clinched the 2016 China Super Series Premier and India Open Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this season, thus dashed Okuhara's bid to win her third straight title after winning the Australian Open and the World Championships.

The win also helped Sindhu to level her head-to-head record against Okuhara, making it 4-4 in eight meetings. 

 

 

(With inputs from PTI)

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New Delhi :  Consecutive victories in the Indonesia Open and Australian Open Superseries have lifted India's Kidambi Srikanth three spots to the eighth place in men's singles, according to the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.

Srikanth, who beat the world and Olympic champion Chen Long in straight games 22-20, 21-6 to claim the Australian Open Super Series, has entered the top ten of the BWF men's singles rankings for the first time in 10 months.

Prior to the Australian Open feat, the Guntur-born shuttler lifted the Indonesian Open title after registering straight games 21-11, 21-19 win over Japan's Kazumasa Sakai.

This made him the first Indian badminton player to win consecutive Super Series titles.

The 24-year-old had last reached the top 10 in October 2016, a couple months after he reached the quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics. His career-high ranking remains No 3, which was achieved in June 2015.

Among others, B. Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram swapped places to be positioned at No.15 and 16. H.S. Prannoy, however, slipped two rungs to be placed at No.23.

In women's singles, while Rio silver medallist P.V. Sindhu dropped a place to No.5, her compatriot Saina Nehwal rose one point to claw back into the top-15.

In men's doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty vaulted five positions to be placed at No.36

 

 

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Sydney: Shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap, Siril Verma and Ruthvika Shivani Gadde on Tuesday qualified for the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries, starting here on Wednesday.

Kashyap got past Chinese Zhao Junpeng 21-15, 21-18 in his first qualifying round before brushing aside Indonesia Open runner-up Kazumasa Sakai of Japan 21-5, 21-16 to seal his place in the first round of the tournament.

Siril first brushed aside Indonesian Yehezkiel Fritz Mainaky 21-9, 21-9 before getting the better of compatriot Shreyansh Jaiswal 21-16 21-14. Shreyansh had thumped Pit Seng Low of Australia 21-14, 21-11 in his first qualifying round.

In the women's singles, Ruthvika dismissed Australian Sylvina Kurniawan 21-15, 21-15. The second qualifying round was a cakewalk for the Indian as she cruised past Ruwindi Serasinghe 21-9, 21-7.

 

 

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With a 10th French Open celeberation on the cards for Rafael Nadal in 2017, his uncle and trainer Toni Nadal says the deed would be "enormous".

The Spanish tennis star recently became the first man to win an ATP Tour event 10 times with win at the Monte-Carlo Masters, which he chased up with a 10th Barcelona Open title. 

Along with his titles on clay, Rafa has also reached hard-court finals in Miami, Acapulco and the Australian Open and his uncle admits history is on the cards.

Nadal told the official website of Roland Garros: "For us, winning at Monaco is incredible. 

"So you can understand that given what Roland-Garros represents to us Spaniards, winning 10 times in Paris would be enormous."

"Look, it was what he's been doing all his life," Toni added. 

"I never wonder whether it's difficult or not, you know, because you can't alter things that happen in life. 

"Sometimes, in moments like those, when Rafael began to say: 'No, not with the injury...' I always answered back: 'That's just the way it is. Don't ever start telling yourself that it's difficult because if you tell yourself that it's too difficult, we won't end up doing it.'

"Difficult is the way things are."

Legendary Tennis star Roger Federer has verfied his intention to play the French Open for the first time in two years.

Knee and back injuries kept the Swiss international from competing at Roland Garros last year, breezing a run of 65 consecutive main-draw appearances at grand slam tournaments.

Although winning the Australian Open and securing Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells and Miami, Roger has opted to skip the bulk of the clay-court season in a bid to avert off injury problems and previously said that he could miss the second major of the year if he was not "really fired up" to play in Paris.

"I am registered and my intention is to play Roland Garros," Federer told Tennis Channel. "I feel very privileged to be back on a tennis court.

"Last year was extremely difficult, having had surgery and the knee never healing. Then I had back pain too, and it all got too much at Wimbledon and I was out for six months.

"But I was able to spend some incredible time with the family and start preparing for this season and hoping that the work that I put in the off-season was going to really pay off.

"I was going to get a second chance to really play tennis again on the professional tour and so when I did come back in Australia was really exciting."

The Polish Tennis player Agnieszka Radwanska believes Maria Sharapova should acquire the right to play in the French Open and Wimbledon rather than be accomplished a wildcard.

Five-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova will make her return at the Stuttgart Open next week after serving a 15-month termination for failing a drugs test at the Australian Open.

The Russian tennis player one has also been offered wildcards for WTA Premier events in Madrid and Rome next month, but no accord has yet been made on whether she will play in the second major of the year at Roland Garros.

"Maria should rebuild her career in a different way, beginning with smaller events." the world number eight told Poland's sports daily Przeglad Sportowy.

"This kind of entry into the tournament [a grand slam] should be available only for players who were dropped in the ranking due to injury, illness or other random accident. Not for those suspended for doping.

"She wouldn't have a chance for [a wildcard] from my hands.

"So far she hasn't been invited to play at slams in Paris and London and in my opinion that's how it should remain. She should win her place thanks to good results."

Andy Murray, favourite to win in Melbourne is beaten by German serve and vollear in four dramatic set . As the match started everyone thought Murray won in straight sets but Mischa played match of his life with the scoreline of.

Set one- Andy was ahead breaking first but Mischa, the man who don't  give up easily take a break back and went to go on winning the set 7 - 5.

Set two- Battle of cat and mouse first World's no - 1 break then  Mischa break back and finally Murray broke in twelfth game and won the set 5 - 7.

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Set three-One sided affair know one expited , German won that easily. He broke two times in the set and won 6 - 2.

Set four-Again 29 years old comes on top, breaks Murray in very first game on serve and then he hold own serve and go on to win the set and match 6 - 3.

Final scoreline ( 7 - 5 , 5 - 7 , 6 - 2 , 6 - 3).

After defending champion Novak Djokovic exit . This has also shocked the Tennis world.He is favorite to win . It means top half is widely open with both no - 1 and no - 2 exit.

Rafeal Nadal one of the greatest of this game,defeated the most talented and potential future grand slam winner, Germany's Alexzender Zverev in brutalising five set epic in Rod Laver Arena in morning session with the scoreline of ( 4 - 6 , 6 - 3 , 7 - 6 , 6 - 3 , 6 - 2).
It was a battle of gladiators in Tennis court. Zverev leads Nadal 2 set to 1, but we all know Spaniard with his spirt never gives up till the last point.  Rafa won last two sets and won the match. Top quality shot - making and  thrilling rallies earned both players standing ovation from the Rod Laver Arena crowd.
It's almost three years since Nadal won his 14th major title at 2014 French open, that  was last time he got past the quarter - finals and  at a Grand Slam."I won by  fighting and running a lot",said Nadal. "I think everybody knows how good Alexander is. He's is a future of our sport and present too."
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"It's been a very tough match for me. I didn't start playing my best and I was not feeling well because I was losing too much court . When I felt I was feeling better I had more time to control from the baseline. It was a close one but he deserve to play a little more aggressive than me. I had to fight for every point".
Spanish player will face France Gael Monfils, who  overcome Germany's Philip kohlschreiber in straight sets.