Who is Srikanth Kidambi?
Srikant hails from Hyderabad and trains at Gopichand Badminton Academy. His real name is Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi and was born in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh on 7 February, 1993 to a family of farmers. His father is a farmer and mother Radha, a house wife.
He has a brother Nanda Gopal who is also a badminton player like him and is sponsored by Li-Ning sports. .
Why so Buzz about Srikanth Kidambi in Swiss Open Badminton, 2015?
Srikanth Kidambi is the highest ranked Indian men’s badminton player in the International ranking and ranked on number 4 as of March 12, 2015. He has created history and became first Indian badminton player to win Swiss Open Badminton Title with a prize money of $120, 000.
Kidambi showed his excellent game to oust defending champion Victor Axelsen (21-15, 12-21, 21-14) in 47 minutes in the first meeting of their career and won the title. The victory did not come up very easy to him, but he struggled and excelled in the final rounds. He has also participated in Olympics Rio, 2016 and has made an entry in quarter finals .
Read: Srikant Kidambi in Rio Olympics 2016
A sneak peak in the career of Srikanth Kidambi
Srinkant’s career started in 2011 with Common wealth Youth Games in Isle of Man. He won the silver in mixed doubles and bronze in doubles. He won matches in Singles and Doubles categories at the All India Junior International Badminton Championship held in Pune.
Srikant claimed the Men’s Singles title by overcoming the Junior World Champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli of Malaysia.
Srikant won the Men’s Singles title in the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold even held in the year 2013. In the finals, he defeated the then world number eight player Boonsak Ponsana in straights set. He also reigned All India Senior National Championship held in Delhi, the same year and also finished second in the Indian Badminton League as a part of the Awadh Warriors
Kidambi was a runner up at the 2014 Indian Open Grand Prix Gold event held in Lucknow. He was also a quarter finalist in Malaysia Open held in the same year. He reached semi finals of the famous BWF series by defeating Tommy Sugiarto (21-18 21-13) and Kento Momota (15-21 21-16 21-1) in the group stage to reach Semi Finals of the prestigious BWF, but in the finale he lost to Chen Long of China.
- Srikant created history and became the first Indian to win the Swiss Open Grand Prix title, by defeating Viktor Axelsen (21-15, 12-21, 21-14).
- Kidambi Srikanth won the men’s singles title at the India Open Super Series after beating Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen( 18-21, 21-13, 21-12) on 29 March 2015
Srikant made a position in quarter finals in Olympics Rio, 2016, by defeating World No. 5 Player, Jan O Jorgensen.
Read: How Srikanth Kidambi created history in Swiss Open Grand Prix Title
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Srikant Kidambi defeated Victor Axelsen (21-15, 12-21, 21-14) in March 2015 and won the Swiss Open Grand Prix title title, $120,000 prize.