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Srikanth stuns Lin Dan to win China Open

Last updated on: November 17, 2014 01:58 IST
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India's Kidambi Srikanth waves on the podium after beating China's Lin Dan (left) in the men's singles final at the China Open in Fuzhou. Photograph: Reuters

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan suffered a shock defeat at the hands of unheralded Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth in the final of the China Open Super Series on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Srikanth, who grew up idolising the five-time World champion, won the men's singles final 21-19, 21-17 for his first Super Series title.

Cheered by a vociferous crowd, Lin rallied to go up 19-17 in the first game, but the Indian won four consecutive points to snatch the lead.

Srikanth continued to put the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medallist under pressure in the second game and converted his second match-point to complete a comprehensive victory.

It turned out a day of double delight for India as London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal earlier won the women's singles title by beating Japanese teenager Akane Yamaguchi in the final.

Yamaguchi had knocked out top-seeded Chinese Wang Shixian in the second round but Nehwal, 24, proved too strong for her, scoring a 21-12, 22-20 win for her first China Open title.

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