Badminton: K Srikanth stuns Boonsak Ponsana to lift Thailand Open Grand Prix

The 13th-seeded Indian matched his fancied rival in all departments of the game in what turned out to be a lop-sided contest. Srikanth had previously reached the quarter-finals of the Asian Junior Championships and entered the prequarterfinals of the World Junior Championships in 2011.

updated: June 09, 2013 12:21 IST
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Bangkok: K Srikanth became the latest badminton sensation to emerge from India as he lifted his maiden men's singles title with a stunning straight-game triumph over top-seeded local favourite Boonsak Ponsana at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold here on Sunday.

The 20-year-old from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh beat world number eight Ponsana 21-16 21-12 in a 34-minute match to script the biggest win of his still nascent career.

"When I went into the court, I was pretty okay. I was not thinking anything. He was the local guy and the court was also with him. I knew I had a 50-50 chance even though he is world number eight," the excited youngster told PTI.

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