(Image source from: Saina and Srikanth Bags Indian Open Titles})
It seems Indian fans are shifting their love from cricket to other sport events as Indian players are heading towards top positions in their respective games. The crowd at Siri Sports Complex in New Delhi just showcased Indian sports lovers’ part in encouraging the badminton as world number 1 Saina Nehwal and World Number Kidambi Srikanth were playing the final events of maiden Indian Open Super Series.
India’s ace player Saina has become the hallmark of badminton game in recent times with her clinching of several titles and playing finals of prestigious All England Championships. On Sunday, Saina defeated world No. 8 Ratchanok Intanon with 21-16, 21-14 in a 50-minute show. The Thai player has not given tough fight to the Indian player at any stage.
After Carolina Marin lost in the semifinals Saina became world number one, and with smashing the final event she is much praised by the sports lovers.
While, Kidambi Srikanth has defeated Denmark's Viktor Axelsen 18-21 21-13 21-12 to clinch the men's singles title in the same tournament. He was roped up to 4th spot in world rankings from number 47 in January 2014.
Srikanth has lost his first set but showed his perfection to beat Axelsen for his bagging second Super Series title. "I didn't play my best in the first game. I was a little disappointed. I started the second game really well and it helped. In the third, it was 12-12 and after that there was no looking back. I got a few lucky net chords and my smashes came off rather well," said Srikanth.
Both the winners headed to Malaysian Open, which starts from Wednesday. Now all eyes will be on Indian players, who are on winning marathon.