Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kidambi Srikanth - Badminton - Biography

Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi was born in a Brahmin family in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on 7 February 1993. His father KVS Krishna is a farmer, and his brother Nanda Gopal is also a badminton player.

He joined Gopichand's academy along with his brother and trained there.
In the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in Isle of Man, Srikanth won the silver in mixed doubles and bronze in doubles. In India, he became the champion in  the singles and doubles category at the All India Junior International Badminton Championship held in Pune.

In 2012 Srikanth overcame the then Junior World Champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli of Malaysia in the Maldives International Challenge to claim the Men’s singles title

In the 2013 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold event, Srikanth won the finals match in singles  beating then world number eight and local favorite Boonsak Ponsana in straight sets won the title. In that year, Srikanth beat reigning champion and Olympian Parupalli Kashyap in the All India Senior National Championships in Delhi and  claimed his first senior national title. He was a member of of the Awadhe Warriors team that finished second in the Indian Badminton League, 2013.

He finished runner up at the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold event in Lucknow and was a quarter finalist 2014 Malaysian Open.  He  reached the semi finals of the Mixed-team event at the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow and reached the quarter finals of the Men's Singles event.  In November 2014, 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), thus becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series Premier Men's title.

2014 China Open Super Series Premier Final
Srikant beat Lin Dan 21-19, 21-17

WBC 2014


Interview - 24 Nov 2014 - Never thought That I Could beat Lin Dan

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