Kidambi Srikanth lifts French Open; wins fourth title of the year

Sunday, October 29 2017

Kidambi Srikanth lifts French Open; wins fourth title of the year

Both the players stayed level till 5-5 in the first game before Nishimoto won the next four points to lead 9-5. Srikanth then won the next five points to lead with two points at the changeover as the Japanese was forced to be a lot more defensive after the Indian increased the pace of play.
The down-the-line smash had Nishimoto in all sorts of trouble as his lifts grew increasingly errant. He also struggled to get a read on Srikanth's touch play at the net as the latter led 19-12 before winning the opening game comfortably.


The second game was all one-way traffic as Nishimoto kept gifting points to Srikanth, who led 10-3 at one stage. Nishimoto showed occasional flashes of the form that had gotten him to the final, but the fatigue of playing his seventh match in just six days finally caught up with him.
Srikanth, who was playing with a strapping below his right knee controlled the pattern of play from the front court and put Nishimoto out of his misery after 35 minutes with a trademark down-the-line smash.