Indian badminton player Srikanth Kidambi’s rise to the top

The first Indian to win the golden trio of Grand Prix gold, Super Series and Super Series Premier titles – that honor goes to Srikanth Kidambi, who won the Indonesian Super Series Premier men’s singles on Sunday. He beat Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai to win the USD 1,000,000 prize money.

This is the eighth world title for the 24-year-old who had started off his professional career in 2008. At the peak of his career in 2015, Srikanth was ranked World No: 3. He has since slipped a few points and currently occupies the 22nd position in the World Men’s Singles Ranking.

The right-handed shuttler had made the headlines first in 2014 when he won the China Open Super Series tournament against the former World No:1 and two-time Olympic champion Lin-Dan (21-19, 21-17) in a historic upset.

A string of wins followed until what many consider to be a pivotal moment in Srikanth’s career – the Rio Olympics 2016. In the quarter-finals, the Indian player met the Lin-Dan again. Srikanth refers to it as “one of the biggest matches” of his career.

“It was my first Olympics and playing Lin Dan was one of the…

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