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As it happened - Srikanth Kidambi vs Chen Long, Australian Open 2017 Final

Srikanth wins, 22-20, 21-16
Updated: 25 June 2017 11:51 IST - Published: 25 June 2017 10:36 IST
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This is Sri's SECOND CONSECUTIVE SUPERSERIES TITLE after the Indonesian Open last week. What a DREAM COMEBACK from injury!
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This was Sri's FIRST EVER WIN over Chen Long!! And what a match to do that! And what a scoreline, too!
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Final score: 22-20, 21-16
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Chen's shot lands OUT....SRIKANTH KIDAMBI IS THE CHAMPION!!!!!!
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And he makes it 16-19
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Great defence from Chen to force an error off Sri...15-19
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19-14 it is
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Sri's shot lands just inside the baseline..18-14
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Sri smashes his way up to 17-13
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Croscourt smash from Srikanth....16-13
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Sri marches ahead to 15-12
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And he extends it to 14-11
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13-11 it is for Sri
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Chen's shot lands wide....Sri goes up 13-10
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SUCH AMAZING SHOTMAKING FROM BOTH! Point goes to Chen....10-12
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12-9 it is for Sri after the break
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Chants of "India, India jeetega bhai, jeetega!" being heard at the stadium
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And Sri goes up to 11-9 at the break
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Chen Long keeps his forehand wing open....Sri attacks with a smash....10-9
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Again it is all square...9-9
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Down-the-line winner from Sri...9-8
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8-8
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Sri snatches lead 8-7
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Again back to 7-7
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Ctosscourt drop from Sri lands out....Chen Long gets point on challenge....he leads 7-6
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IT IS BACK TO 6-6
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Great rally ends on a Srikanth error....he still leads 6-5
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6-3 to the Indian
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WHAT AN ANGLE from Sri....crosscourt drop that JUST lands inside the court....5-2
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And Srikanth makes it 4-1
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Lack of sharpness from Chen...more errors.....Sri leads 3-1
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Now Sri inches ahead to 2-1
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SECOND GAME


It is 1-1
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That is only the SECOND TIME that Sri has ever taken a game off Chen Long!!
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And a great finish at the net......22-20 to Srikanth!!
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Fabulous half-volley return that Chen Long can't return...Sri leads 21-20
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Now BIG SMASH from Chen Long..20-20
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BIG SMASH from Sri...20-19
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19-19
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Sri gets back one point with some fantastic footwork....18-19
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Chen responds brilliantly to Sri's smash....he leads 19-17
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2 errors from Srikanth...back to level .....17-17
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Super drop by the Indian....17-15
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Chen Long misses smash...lead goes back to Sri, 16-15
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15-15
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He brushes it off to lead again, 15-14
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Chen Long's shot lands WIDE....14-14
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Powerpacked smashes from Chen Long...14-12
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12-12
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3 points in a row for the Chinese...12-11