Continuing his impressive run in 2017, Super Srikanth has grabbed eyeballs of badminton lovers from all over the world. This young lad from Guntur now has fourth Super Series title of the year. And it’s the double-double again! Two successive triumphs in consecutive weeks. Moreover, Srikanth became the first Indian ever to clinch the French Open crown. Riding on the crest of his sparkling performance, Kidambi is now in a league of his own.
Super Srikanth does it again!
Following the Denmark Open triumph, Srikanth was already high on confidence. Not only did he overcame the challenge of the World Champion Viktor Axelson in that tournament but also showed why he’s the best on the court. Talking about the French Open, his match against Shi Yuqi was the toughest one. Even though the Indian was one game down, he overturned the deficit and pocket the match in his favor. That was surely a miraculous display of shuttling skills by Srikanth.
The Indian champ completely bamboozled his lower ranked Japanese opponent in the final. Taking just 34 minutes, he eased past Kento Nishimoto in an emphatic fashion to take home the trophy. The scoreline being 21-14, 21-13 which basically was a cakewalk for the World No. 4.
A legend in the making
With his extraordinary feats in 2017, Srikanth has now a part of the big league. Apart from being the first Indian to win four titles in a year, he is the only one from the country to win back-to-back titles. Entering the club of Indian legends like Padukone and his coach Gopichand, here’s what an elated Srikanth had to say:
I feel good winning two titles in two weeks and feel lucky to pull off some close matches this week. I thank everyone who helped me doing this.
Another fact to notice is that the Hyderabadi shuttler is fourth in the world behind legends like Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei, and Chen Long to grab four men’s singles titles in a calendar year. Additionally, he is soon to reach his career-best rankings of World No. 2 when the BWF rankings are released on Thursday. As a couple of Super Series tournaments remain, we wish that Kidambi Srikanth scales new heights and ends the year on a high. Who knows, maybe he could become World No. 1 too!