"But, once I made a decision to attack, work up a good pace which I haven't done a bit before that phase in the final, I knew that I would be back in the match", Srikanth said.
"All my previous matches with him were long and very close", Srikanth, who reached his fourth Super Series final, told DH.
Srikanth then produced a precise crosscourt smash and then returned an onrushing shot from Son to raise his arms in celebration.
After that, Srikanth's smash touched the net chord and went over as he moved to 19-13. "It was a tricky game for sure and I am happy I could win", said Srikanth.
He had finished runner-up at the Singapore Open after losing to compatriot B Sai Praneeth in the summit clash last month. He consolidated his lead to reach 11-8 at the break.
"Every Super Series win has its own importance".
Srikanth revealed Sakai looked risky in the second game, but he had fought back to turn it around after conceding a five-point lead at the mid-game break.
The duo engaged in fast-paced rallies and Prannoy managed to claw back at 18-18. Once I chose to attack and and work up a good pace, I knew I would be back in the match.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Kidambi Srikanth, on winning Indonesia Open Super Series tournament. "After he joined us, I have been really doing well of late especially given the fact that I was coming back after an injury", 24-year-old explained. "It is a matter of huge joy to see him triumph in Indonesia".
Srikanth's win must be a special feeling for Handoyo, who is known for guiding Indonesia great Taufik Hidayat to Olympic gold in 2004, as the young shuttler had made his coach proud at one of the biggest tournaments in Indonesia.