Kiran George wins Indonesian Masters title


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Indonesia. Young Indian shuttler Kiran George defeated Japan’s Ku Takahashi in straight games to clinch the Indonesia Masters Super 100 men’s singles title here on Sunday.

The Indian shuttler, ranked 50, beat Takahashi, ranked 82, with a scoreline of 21-19, 22-20. Prior to this, Kiran had also won the Odisha Open in 2022, her first Super 100 title.

The 23-year-old Indian shuttler has proved excellent technique and excellent fitness throughout the competition. In the semifinals, Kiran upset Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in a three-setter game, who has established himself as a big stage performer on the BWF World Tour.

In the final match of the tournament, both the players displayed tremendous rallies and played with enthusiasm. In the first game, Kiran, who is quick, dribbled mostly at the net and played a criss-crossing game to take the lead.

In the second game, Takahashi took an early 2-0 lead, but the Indian quickly turned the tide with a crosscourt smash to take a 4-2 lead, only to lead 11-9 at the interval. However, the Japanese kept their composure and managed to tie the game at 20-20.

Kiran once again finished the game early with two crosscourt smashes to win the Super 100 Major title.

Earlier this year, Kiran, who trains at the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bengaluru, defeated Chinese stars Shi Yuqi and Weng Hong Yang at the Thailand Open.
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