|Full Name||Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi|
|Known For||"The first Indian to win a Super Series Premier Men's title"|
|Born||7 February 1993||Age||24|
|Nickname||Hometown||Guntur, Andhra Pradesh||Residence||Hyderabad, Telangana, India||Height||176 cm / 5' 9"|
|Weight||65 kg / 143 lb||Heighest Ranking (Men's singles)||2 (01 November 2017)|
|Current Ranking (Men's singles)||2 (as of 1st November 2017)||Hobbies||Hangout with Friends and Family||Religion||Hindu||Zodiac Sign||Aquarius|
Education and Family
|Father||KVS Krishna (landlord)||Mother||Radha|
|Brother||Nandagopal Kidambi (Elder, Badminton Player)||Sister||Ruthvika Shivani (Younger, Badminton Player)|
|Coach||Pullela Gopichand, Mulyo Handoyo|
Srikanth Kidambi's Career
After being inspired by his elder brother, K. Nandagopal, Srikanth Kidambi's journey began with the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man, where he won the silver in mixed doubles and bronze in doubles. After it, in the same year, He emerged as a winner in the singles and doubles category at the All India Junior International Badminton Championship held in Pune.
In Maldives International Challenge 2012, he won over the Junior World Champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli of Malaysia to claim the Men’s singles title.
Following the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold event, where Srikanth Kidambi won the Men’s singles title beating world number eight and local favourite Boonsak Ponsana in straight sets. In the same year, he 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.
After finishing runner-up at the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold event in Lucknow, his career passed through many up and downs which includes a quarterfinal in 2014 Malaysian Open, being the part of the Indian badminton contingent that reached the semi-finals of the Mixed-team event at the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow, and quarterfinals of the Men's Singles event in the same tournament.
But after it, Srikanth Kidambi 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) and became 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. but lost from Chen Long of China in the semifinals.
After this remarkable wins, Srikanth Kidambi was qualified for the world super series finals, where he was again lost from Chen Long.
While in 2015, He became the first Indian male to win gold at the 2015 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and India Open Super Series by defeating the same opponent both the time, Viktor Axelsen.
After the loss in the semifinal of Malaysia Masters, in 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. While 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. Although in Badminton Asia Team Championship, his team lost in the semifinal, but he remained undefeated.
Then, in 2016 Rio Olympics, the World No. 11, Srikanth Kidambi entered the round of 16, but was defeated by Lin Dan by a score of 6–21, 21–11, and 18–21.
Srikanth 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 2017 Singapore Super Series title.
He won the 2017 Indonesia Super Series Premier beating Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 21-11, 21-19 thereby becoming the 1st ever Indian man to do so. He also went on to win 2017 Australian Super Series beating China's Chen Long 22-20, 21-16, making a record of entering three consecutive Super Series Events Finals.
Srikanth Kidambi entered the quarterfinal round of 2017 BWF World Championships held at Glasgow, where he was defeated by Son Won Ho of South Korea in straight sets. Later in October, Srikanth won the third Super Series Title of the Year at 2017 Denmark Super Series Premier, by defeating Lee Hyun-il of Korea 21-10, 21-5.
After the three superseries titles, he continued his unbeaten performance in 2017, and clinched The Fourth Super Series Title, French Open, by defeating Kenta Nishimoto (Japan) in straight sets, 21-14, 21-13. This amazing performance of his career in 2017, Brought Srikanth Kidambi to his career heightest ranking, World No. 2
Achievements and Awards
- Commonwealth Youth Games Douglas, 2011 - Bronze (Boys' Doubles)
- Commonwealth Youth Games Douglas, 2011 - Silver (Mixed Doubles)
- Asian Junior Championships Lucknow 2011 - Bronze (Mixed Team)
- Maldives International 2012 - Winner (Opponent - Zulfadli Zulkiffli, Malaysia)
- Thailand Open 2013 - Winner (Opponent - Boonsak Ponsana, Thailand)
- Syed Modi International 2014 - Runner Up (Opponent - Xue Song, China)
- China Open 2014 - Winner (Opponent - Lin Dan, China)
- Syed Modi International 2015 - Runner Up (Opponent - Kashyap Parupalli, India)
- Swiss Open 2015 - Winner (Opponent - Viktor Axelsen, Denmark) + ₹ 500,000 award from Badminton Associaton of India
- Indonesian Masters 2015 - Runner Up (Opponent - Tommy Sugiarto, Indonesia)
- India Open 2015 - Winner (Opponent - Viktor Axelsen, Denmark) + ₹ 500,000 award from Badminton Associaton of India
- Syed Modi International 2016 - Winner (Opponent - Huang Yuxiang, China)
- South Asian Games Guwahati 2016 - Gold
- Singapore Open 2017 - Runner Up (Opponent - B. Sai Praneeth, India)
- Indonesia Open 2017 - Winner (Opponent - Kazumasa Sakai, Japan) + ₹ 500,000 award from Badminton Associaton of India
- Australian Open 2017 - Winner (Opponent - Chen Long, China) + ₹ 500,000 award from Badminton Associaton of India
- Denmark Open 2017 - Winner (Opponent - Lee Hyun-il, South Korea)
- French Open 2017 - Winner (Opponent - Kenta Nishimoto, Japan)
- Arjun Award - 2015