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As it happened - Srikanth Kidambi vs Sai Praneeth, Australian Open 2017 Quarter-finals

Srikanth wins, 25-23, 21-17
Updated: 23 June 2017 11:26 IST - Published: 23 June 2017 10:28 IST
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That was a great start to the day! We have more badminton action coming up as Saina and Sindhu take the court later in the day. Stay tuned and keep following Sportskeeda.
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And with this win, Srikanth is now on an eight-match winning streak too!
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And this will indeed boost his confidence further...there's no doubt about it!
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This was just Srikanth's 2nd career win over Sai in 7 meetings and his first since 2014
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Final Score: 25-23, 21-17 win for Srikanth Kidambi
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SRIKANTH WINS!!!!!! 21-17
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Sai SAVES one....17-20
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And Srikanth reaches match points at 20-16
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It's 17-14 now for Srikanth
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And Sai once more claws back to 13-16
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It's a FOUR-POINT LEAD now for Srikanth...16-12
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It's 14-12 for Srikanth now
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And just like that, Sai grabs a couple of points to make it 12-13
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But don't count out Sai yet....remember how he made a comeback at the Singapore Open final.
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And he increases it further....13-10
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After the break, Sai gets a point but Sri quickly stops his momentum to extend his lead to 12-10
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And Srikanth has an 11-9 advantage at half-time
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Sai fights back but Sri is still ahead at 10-9
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And he maintains the two-point lead...9-7
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And Sri is increasing the gap between him and Sai...leads 8-6
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It's 6-5 for Srikanth.
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Now Sri adds 3 points to go up to 5-4
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It's 4-2 now for Sai...Sri is trying to make his comeback
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SECOND GAME

Sai begins well just like the last game...leads 3-0
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If that was the first game, what's in store in the second we wonder!
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AND SRIKANTH TAKES IT!!!!! 25-23.....WHAT A GAME THAT WAS!!!!!!!!
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Game point goes to Sri...24-23
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And Sai SAVES it! Are we still surprised? 23-23
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Once more, it is game point for Srikanth...23-22
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And Sai SAVES it! What drama!!! 22-22
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Game point for Srikanth...22-21
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This is SOME MATCH already!!!!!!!
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Sri levels it at 21-21
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Now Sai has a game point...21-20
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Amazing resilience that was!!
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And now it's Sai's turn to catch up! 20-20
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Sai saves one! 18-20
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And Srikanth reaches game points...20-17
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19-17...two points lead for the Indonesia Open champion!!!
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FOUR POINTS IN A ROW for Srikanth to lead 17-16! Wow!
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Now Sai pulls the trigger, takes 3 points and leads 16-13
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And 13-13
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And it continues to be hard-fought and gritty after the break...12-12
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At half-time, Sri leads 11-10
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And his efforts have borne fruit! Srikanth levels at 10-10
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Again Sri claws his way back....now trails 9-10
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It's 10-8 for the Singapore Open champion now
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Sai stops his march and takes two points in a row to lead 9-6
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And Sri catches up to 6-7...can he level?
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Srikanth is fighting back but Sai keeps his nose ahead at 7-5