Srikanth Kidambi is an Indian badminton player. He trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad and is supported by the GoSports Foundation. In April 2018, he became the highest ranked men's badminton player in the world. He is also sponsored by Li-Ning. In 2018, he was awarded with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.
Kidambi at the 2017 Japan Super Series
|Birth name||Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi|
|Born||7 February 1993|
Ravulapalem, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
|Career record||220 wins, 109 losses|
|Highest ranking||1 (12 April 2018)|
|Current ranking||10 (6 August 2019)|
Early life and backgroundEdit
Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi was born in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on 7 February 1993 to a Telugu speaking family. His father, KVS Krishna is a landlord, and his mother Radha a house-wife. Srikanth’s older brother K. Nandagopal is also a badminton player.
In the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in Isle of Man, Kidambi won the silver in mixed doubles and bronze in doubles. He also emerged winner in the singles and doubles category at the All India Junior International Badminton Championship held in Pune.
In the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold event, Kidambi won the Men’s singles title beating then world number eight and local favorite Boonsak Ponsana in straight sets. In the same year, Kidambi beat reigning champion and Olympian Parupalli Kashyap in the All India Senior National Championships in Delhi to claim his first senior national title. He was also part of the Awadhe Warriors team that finished second in the Indian Badminton League, 2013.
Kidambi finished runner up at the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold event in Lucknow and was a quarter finalist in 2014 Malaysian Open. He was part of the Indian badminton contingent that reached the semi finals of the Mixed-team event at the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow. He also reached the quarter finals of the Men's Singles event in the same tournament.  In November, 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. He then reached semi finals of Hong Kong Open Super Series after beating in-form Chou Tien-Chen in the early rounds. He lost to Chen Long of China in three sets in the semifinals. With those wins he was qualified for the world super series finals. He defeated Kento Momota (15–21 21–16 21–10) and Tommy Sugiarto (21–18 21–13) in the group stage to reach Semi Finals of the prestigious BWF Super Series Masters Finals where he again lost to Chen Long of China.
Kidambi became the first Indian male to win gold at the 2015 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold by defeating Viktor Axelsen 21–15,12–21,21–14.The same year he also won India Open Super Series title by defeating Viktor Axelsen in the finals
Kidambi reached the semifinal in the Malaysia Masters, where he lost to Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin of Malaysia in January. The following week he won the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships Grand Prix Gold title, defeating Huang Yuxiang 21–13, 14–21, 21–14 in the final. At the 2016 South Asian Games, he won two gold medals, in men's team and men's singles, defeating Prannoy Kumar in the singles final. At the 2016 Badminton Asia Team Championship, although his team lost in the semifinal, he remained undefeated.
In the 2016 Rio Olympics, the World No. 11, Kidambi entered the round of 16 of the men's singles by beating Lino Muñoz and Henri Hurskainen. He went on to beat World No. 5 Jan Ø. Jørgensen 21–19, 21–19 to reach the quarterfinals, but was defeated by Lin Dan by a score of 6–21, 21–11, and 18–21.
Kidambi and Sai Praneeth created history when they became the first ever Indian pair to enter the finals of a ranking event in Badminton. Both hailing from Hyderabad and being coached by Pullela Gopichand, it was Sai Praneeth who prevailed 17–21, 21–17, 21–12 eventually to clinch the Singapore Super Series title.
Kidambi won the Indonesia Super Series beating Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 21–11, 21–19 thereby becoming the first ever Indian male player to do so. He went on to win Australian Super Series beating China's Chen Long 22–20, 21–16 in the final, setting an Indian record for entering three consecutive Super Series Finals. At the World Championships, he was defeated in the quarter-final by South Korea's Son Wan-Ho in straight sets. At the next Super Series, in Denmark, he won the title defeating Lee Hyun-il of Korea 21–10, 21–5 in the final. Following his good run, Kidambi became the fourth player ever to win four Super Series titles in a year, after he won the French Super Series that followed, defeating Japan's Kenta Nishimoto 21–14, 21–13 in the final. In the process, he equaled the record held by Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, and Chen Long. Following the victory, he reached his career-best ranking of 2.
Kidambi started 2018 at the India Open as the second seed. He was defeated in the second round by Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin who had qualified from the qualifiers. He also lost in the second round at the All England Open to Chinese player Huang Yuxiang in three games. At the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Kidambi was more successful, winning a gold in the mixed team event, and a silver in the singles event. He achieved world number 1 ranking  for a week during this period.
|2018||Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia||Lee Chong Wei||21–19, 14–21, 14–21||Silver|
South Asian GamesEdit
|2016||Multipurpose Hall SAI–SAG Centre, Guwahati, India||H.S. Prannoy||11–21, 21–14, 21–6||Gold|
BWF World Tour (0 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
|2019||India Open||Super 500||Viktor Axelsen||7–21, 20–22||Runner-up|
BWF Superseries (6 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries had two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries featured twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.
|2017||French Open||Kenta Nishimoto||21–14, 21–13||Winner|
|2017||Denmark Open||Lee Hyun-il||21–10, 21–5||Winner|
|2017||Australian Open||Chen Long||22–20, 21–16||Winner|
|2017||Indonesia Open||Kazumasa Sakai||21–11, 21–19||Winner|
|2017||Singapore Open||B. Sai Praneeth||21–17, 17–21, 12–21||Runner–up|
|2015||India Open||Viktor Axelsen||18–21, 21–13, 21–12||Winner|
|2014||China Open||Lin Dan||21–19, 21–17||Winner|
BWF Grand Prix (3 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit
|2016||Syed Modi International||Huang Yuxiang||21–13, 14–21, 21–14||Winner|
|2015||Indonesian Masters||Tommy Sugiarto||21–17, 13–21, 22–24||Runner-up|
|2015||Swiss Open||Viktor Axelsen||21–15, 12–21, 21–14||Winner|
|2015||Syed Modi International||Kashyap Parupalli||21–23, 21–23||Runner-up|
|2014||Syed Modi International||Xue Song||21–16, 19–21, 13–21||Runner-up|
|2013||Thailand Open||Boonsak Ponsana||21–16, 21–12||Winner|
BWF International Challenge/Series (1 title)Edit
|2012||Maldives International||Zulfadli Zulkiffli||13–21, 21–11, 21–16||Winner|
Record against selected opponentsEdit
- ₹ 500,000 award announced for Kidambi from BAI for 2015 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold victory. He defeated Viktor Axelsen in the final 21–15,12–21,21–14.
- ₹ 500,000 award announced for Kidambi from BAI for 2015 India Super Series victory. He defeated Viktor Axelsen in the final 18–21, 21–13, 21–12.
- ₹ 500,000 award announced for Kidambi from BAI for 2017 Indonesia Super Series Premier victory. He defeated Kazumasa Sakai in the final 21–11, 21–19.
- ₹ 500,000 award announced for Kidambi from BAI for 2017 Australian Super Series victory. He defeated Chen Long in the final 22–20, 21–16.
- On March 21, 2018, Srikanth received Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award from Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India.
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