Srikanth took less than 40 minutes to wind up the match against Yuqi with a fantastic display of smashes and backhands. The World No.11 has reached three consecutive Superseries finals now. This will be Srikanth's third successive Super Series final after Singapore and Indonesia.
India's hopeful Kidambi Srikanth, who is set to take on Chen Long in the Australian Open Super Series final, has described his Chinese opponent as "tough", and said that he would play his usual and would not succumb to the pressure of finale. Srikanth controlled the forecourt beautifully, making regular forays into the net to throw his opponent off his rhythm. Yuqi was completely overwhelmed by the barrage of smashes and half-smashes that tore his defence to shreds. He will face the victor of the Chen Long vs Lee Hyun II match later in the day.
He finished runners-up to compatriot B Sai Praneeth in Singapore but ended up winning the $1,000,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier last Sunday. The Indian never looked back from there as he sealed a comfortable victory.
The world no.11 will face the victor of the other men's singles semi-final between Chen Long and Lee Hyun II, which will take place later in the day.
But then, let it be placed on record that the seemingly invincible Tai Tzu Ying, titlist in six of her previous seven tournaments, also suffered a meltdown on Saturday, and went down 19-21, 12-21 to the No 3 seed, Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.
Again, until the halfway stage of the second game, the Chinese player remained on Srikanth's heels, slowing down the pace by lofting the shuttle deep to keep the Indian away from the net. "Last week I lost to her but I want to challenge her tomorrow".