Srikanth Kidambi: The New Poster Boy of Indian Badminton

The 21 year old from Kidambi joined Badminton by force not choice. His brother Nanda Gopal was training under Pullela Gopichand. His parents requested the Gopichand to train him too as they did not know how to help him create a future. Pullela obliged and found Kidambi good for Singles. Rest is history as after being the first Indian Male to win an International Open Series, now he is the first Indian Male Badminton player to enter year-ending ranking based BWF Super Series Masters Tournament.

Past Winners of Badminton Super Series Masters Final

Born on 7th February 1993 at Guntur, Hyderabad, Srikanth is ranked 8th in the Badminton Federation ranking and hence qualifies for the 7th edition of the tournament where Saina has played regularly and reached the final once, while V Diju and Jwala Gutta emerged as the first finalists from India in 2009.

The guy who once fought brain fever and was in a critical condition some time back started training at Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad from 2008-09. First he was trained for doubles and he participated also in Mixed Doubles and Men’s Doubles events. He won international medals too in both the events in 2011.

But Gopichand, who has produced many gems for India, identified that Srikanth has better future in Singles. Soon in 2012 he won the first International title in Men’s Singles. 2014 has been a defining year for him. He has defeated the great Lin Dan in front of Chinese supporters at China to grab first Super Series trophy of India in Men’s Singles.

International Titles and Major Wins

    2011 Commonwealth Youth Games: Silver in mixed doubles and bronze in doubles
    2012 Maldives International Challenge Men’s singles
    2013 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold event Men’s Singles
    2014 China Open Super Series Men’s Singles Title

Career Summary Till Nov 2014

    Played: 113
    Won: 75
    Lost: 38

Men’s Doubles

    Played: 3
    Won: 1
    Lost: 2

Mixed Doubles

    Played: 6
    Won: 2
    Lost: 4

Recent Two Tournaments Before Super Series Masters 2014
Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open

    11/22/2014 K. Srikanth lost to Chen Long (China) [1] 17-21 21-19 6-21
    11/21/2014 Def Wei Nan (Hong Kong) 21-14 21-15
    Thu 11/20/2014 Def Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Thailand) 21-19 23-21
    11/19/2014 Def Chou Tien Chen Chinese Taipei [7] 18-21 22-20 21-16


11/16/2014 FINAL Def Lin Dan (China) 21-19 21-17
11/15/2014 Def Marc Zwiebler (Germany) 21-11 13-7 Retired
11/14/2014 Def Kento Momota (Japan) 21-17 23-21
11/13/2014 Def Gao Huan (China) 21-17 19-21 21-14
11/12/2014 Def R. M. V. Gurusaidutt 21-11 9-21 21-15

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