Kidambi Srikanth wins his maiden Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title
India’s Kidambi Srikanth won his maiden Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title at the Babu Banarasi Das Stadium in Lucknow on Sunday, after beating Huang Yuxiang of China 21-13 14-21 21-14 in a cracking final.
The opening game saw the Indian get off the blocks quickly as he took a 4-2 opening game lead before stretching it to 8-3 and despite a late surge of points from his opponent eventually went into the interval with an 11-8 advantage.
The other side of the break, saw the Indian assume further control as he raced away to a 17-10 lead before closing out the game 21-13 to take the upper hand in the final.
The second game began on an extremely positive note for Srikanth as he took a 7-4 lead early on and despite Yuxinag hanging on, led 11-7 at the break. It was, however, at the other side of the interval that the turnaround began as the Chinese international won 3 points straight to make it 10-11 before taking a 14-12 lead and then winning 7 out of the next 9 points to take the game 21-14 and complete a fine comeback.
With momentum on his side, Yuxiang started the decider in blazing fashion racing away to a 6-1 lead, but the tide started to shift from the 8-4 mark as the Indian forged a superb comeback, winning 6 out of the next 8 points to level the score at 10-10 and then went into the break with a 11-10 lead.
Clearly, it seemed as though that streak of points had deflated the Chinese and Srikanth roared his way to the title, winning 10 out of the next 13 points to win 21-13 and win his maiden Syed Modi title on his third attempt.