Top seed Kidambi Srikanth clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold with a convincing win over China’s Huang Yuxiang in the men’s singles final on Sunday.
World No. 9 Srikanth, who had reached the finals even in the last edition as well, prevailed over 73rd ranked Huang 21-13, 14-21, 21-14.
Srikanth came into the men’s final with a 1-0 record against Huang, having beaten him last week at the Malaysia Masters at Penang and the Indian showed better control and picked up the gaps well in the first game against the Chinese.
The Indian led 11-8 at the break and continued to move ahead after the interval, cruising to the game point when the Chinese pushed to the back of the court, failed to recover enough ground to return a net dribble. Srikanth then sealed the game with a smash.
In the second game also, Srikanth went ahead to a comfortable 11-7 lead, but did not capitalize on it and allowed Huang to win the second game.
In the decider, Huang opened up an early lead of 7-4. Srikanth had to fight back his way to equal the scores at 8-8. The two fought neck to neck till 12-12 before the Indian again raised to al elad of 15-13.
Srikanth finally moved into the match point with a towering smash from the back court and then sealed it with another power-packed smash.
It was his fifth title having won the 2013 Thailand Grand Prix Gold, 2014 China Super Series premier and Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and India Super Series last year.