P Kashyap beats K Srikanth in the finals of Indian Open GP

Pavan Suresh / 25 January 2015

P Kashyap world 15 th ranked and 3rd Seeded beat fellow Indian star K Srikanth, ranked 5th and Seeded 1 for the tournament in the men’s final in straight sets 23-21, 23-21 to win the Indian Open Grand Prix title at Lucknow.

In the recent times, Kashyap has had a hard time to cope with his game due to Asthma. It was an exciting match as both of Indian players fought for each point and the senior of them sued his experience to win the match. The match was watched by full capacity crowd.

In the first game, both of the players fought for each point. Srikanth performed very well in the set and at 8-8 he smashed a cross shot to take 9-8 lead. At the interval, it was 11-9 in favor of Srikanth. After the interval, there were some fantastic rallies. At 13-12 both of them played an excellent rally of around 30-35 exchanges. Finally Srikanth took the lead at 14-12. Then another rally took place when Kashyap was trailing 19-20 but this time Kashyap won the point and caught up at 20-20 and continued the rally to take four points continuously to win the game. At the end Kashyap won the game 23-21.

In the second game, both of them fought for each point again. It was an excellent display of badminton by both the Indian players. Kashyap went into the interval with 11-10 lead. After the interval, Kashyap went into 19-15 lead but Srikanth equalized at 19-19. After that, Kashyap took the advantage and won the set and the match 23-21.

This match saw some excellent display by the both of Indian players as Saina Nehwal won the title earlier in the women’s singles.

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