Kidambi Srikanth marched into the final of the Denmark Open Super Series Premier on Saturday with a 21-18, 21-17 win over Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong.In a match that last just 39 minutes, Srikanth dominated Vincent and made an easy way into the final of the tournament.With the win, Srikanth has now reached his fourth Super Series final this year, of which he won two — Indonesia Open Super Series Premier and Australian Open Super Series.4th Superseries Final of 2017 for Srikanth Kidambi. He beats Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-18, 21-17 & moves one step closer to #DenmarkSSP title! pic.twitter.com/Cl7T3kjbxK- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 21, 2017Throughout the match, Srikanth dominated the net play and took strokes early that helped him catch Vincent off guard. Srikanth used his attacking game play and flat smashes to the best of use against Vincent.Srikanth began cautiously like he always does but managed to open an early 8-5 lead in the first game with a powerful winner down the line.The 24-year-old used delicate drop shots coupled with his trademark smashes to go into the break with a massive five-point lead over Vincent.Post the break, Vincent tried to fight his way back into the game but Srikanth maintained his dominance at the net and didn’t let the lead slip away.Srikanth earned three game-point opportunities and needed just two attempts to seal the game 21-18.The second game began with Srikanth running away with a massive 4-0 lead only for Vincent to fight his way back to make it 4-4 with a smashing winner.advertisementVincent pulled through a couple of strong winners and with some good net play, he went into the break with a two-point lead over the Indian.Srikanth didn’t take much time to find his way through and went level with Vincent at 11-11.From there on, Vincent made a couple of unforced errors to hand back a 14-13 lead to Srikanth.At 16-15, Srikanth and Vincent played an astonishing rally with the Guntur lad stretching out to reach the shuttle at the net only to find his footing immediately and smashed a crackling winner on the right to make it 17-15.Despite Vincent taking a couple of points thereafter, Srikanth looked completely in control of the match and stormed into the final with a 21-17 win in the second game.Srikanth had earlier stunned World Champion and home favourite Viktor Axelsen 14-21, 22-20, 21-17 to reach the semi-final.He will face Lee Hyun Il of Korea in the final, who earlier beat his compatriot and world No. 2 Son Wan Ho 25-23, 18-21, 21-17.On the other hand, defending champion Akane Yamaguchi will take on Rachanok Intanon in the women’s singles final after they defeated Chen Yu Fei 10-21, 21-18, 21-19 and Tai Tzu Ying 21-14, 20-22, 21-14 respectively.
Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed has dismissed claims by the Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal that the Islanders’ recent two-match Test series win over them in the UAE was due to witchcraft.”We lost the two Tests because of our poor batting and that is all,” Sarfraz said.”If they could win Test matches because of witchcraft or magic, then they should have also won the ODI and T20 series,” the Pakistan skipper told the media here.Chandimal told reporters after returning to Colombo that he had received a special blessing from a meyni, or sorcerer, ahead of the two-Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Sarfraz said being a Muslim he believed in the holy Quran and also that there was magic in the world but he chose to blame his batsmen for the Test series defeat.”I believe in the holy Quran and also that there was magic in the world, but in the Test series we just batted badly and lost chances to win,” said Sarfraz.He made it clear that while luck played a part in cricket but matches were won and lost on the field by players by their performances.Pakistan’s former Test skipper Muhammad Yousuf also rubbished Chandimal’s claims.”Don’t mix cricket with such things. Pakistan’s planning was bad and they messed it up,” said Yousuf. Yousuf said that if cricket matches could be won through witchcraft or with blessings of sorcerers then Sri Lanka would not have been struggling in all formats of the game.advertisementChandimal’s comments came after Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister had earlier denied that he had sent the captain to a sorcerer to get blessings for the Test series.