Finals of the Australian Open and opponent is none other than regaining Olympic champion Chen Long but still, he won in straight sets with complete domination. A 22nd ranked In the meantime has beaten world’s top-ranked badminton player Son Wan Ho twice in fourteen days.
Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi the name is enough. Srikanth defeated world number 1 ranked Son Wan Ho twice in two weeks and Olympic champion Chen Long in the finals of the Australian Open.
Srikanth Kidambi first caught attention In November 2014, when he created a major upset in the final of the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier by beating 5 times World Champion and 2 times Olympic Champion Lin Dan in straight sets 21–19 21–17 became the first Indian to win a Super Series Premier Men’s title.
In 2015 Kidambi won India Open Super Series title by defeating Viktor Axelsen in the finals also became the first Indian male to win gold at the 2015 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold. With this Kidambi reached to his career-best high rank of three.
In 2016 he went on to win Syed Modi International Badminton Championships Grand Prix Gold title. At the 2016 South Asian Games, he won two gold medals, in men’s team and men’s singles. He remained undefeated.
Same year In the Rio Olympics Srikanth entered in quarterfinals by defeating the world no 5 Jorgensen but he lost to Lin Dan in quarterfinals in a close game.
In November he ruled out from the upcoming European circuit due to an ankle injury that he sustained during the Japan Super Series. He was out of action for over three months.
2017 – The Year Of Srikanth
After bounced back from injury, Kidambi competed in the second edition of the Premier Badminton League.
- Started with being the runner-up of Singapore Super Series where Srikant lost to fellow countryman Sai Praneeth in Finals.
- Srikanth won the Indonesian Open Super Series 2017 beating Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai 21-11,21-19 thereby becoming the 1st ever Indian man to do so.
Srikanth – The Australian Open Champion
Srikanth, who had reached the summit clash in Singapore and Indonesia before this tournament, is only the fifth player in the world to contest three successive Super Series finals.
- The World no 11 Srikanth’s second straight title victory in a week defeated Olympic champion Chen Long in a dominating game to win the Australia Open Super Series. This is also Srikanth’s first win over Chen Long in six meetings.
24 years Srikanth is now all set to back in Top 10 ranking (5 to 7) after his Australian Open win.