|Full Name||Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi|
|Known For||“Indian Badminton player with Most number of Men’s Super Series Title (6), Overall second after Saina Nehwal.”|
|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||Highest 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|
Srikanth Kidambi Family and Education
|Father||KVS Krishna (landlord)||Mother||Radha|
|Brother||Nandagopal Kidambi (Elder, Badminton Player)||Sister||Ruthvika Shivani (Younger, Badminton Player)|
|Coach||Pullela Gopichand, Mulyo Handoyo|
Highlights From Srikanth Kidambi’s Career
- Everyone needs the inspiration to achieve some big thing in life, or pursue their dreams. Srikanth Kidambi was inspired by his elder brother K. Nandagopal.
- Srikanth Kidambi was playing badminton since childhood, but his actual journey began with the silver medal in 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games,
in mixed doubles and Bronze in the doubles of the same tournament.
- While singles of All India Junior International Badminton Championship, Srikanth Kidambi had emerged as a winner. In the doubles also, he clinches the main title.
- Later, in Maldives International Challenge 2012, Srikanth Kidambi’s fight was fixed with the Malaysian Junior World Champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli, and he showed what he got, to claim the Men’s Singles Title which was his one of the memorable match of his life.
- And in the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold event, when all eyes were on the local champ, Boonsak Ponsana, Srikanth Kidambi continues his best performance and not only reached to the final, but also he won the Men’s singles title.
- In the same year, Srikanth Kidambi clinched his first senior national title by beating his tough opponent, Parupalli Kashyap who was also an Olympic medalist.
- Then in Indian Premier Badminton League, 2013, he was contracted by Awadhe Warriors and played an important role to take his team to the second position in the league.
- A defeat can demoralise you, and we don’t know, how much it is true, but after the loss in the final of 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold event in Lucknow, Srikanth Kidambi’s career went through many ups and downs including Malaysian Open quarter-final in 2014, Semi-finals of Mixed Team and singles quarterfinals event of Commonwealth Games same year, when Srikanth didn’t perform as much of expectations. But Still, everybody saw that hunger, and dedication in his smashes on Badminton Court, which needs to get back on the track.
- It was the final of China Open Super Series Premier 2014 when Srikanth’s marvellous performance on the court made him win over five times World Champion and two times Olympic Champion Lin Dan in just straight sets (21-19, 21-17). By this most stunning win of his career, Srikanth Kidambi became the first ever Indian to win a Super Series Premier Men’s title.
- Later, in Hong Kong Open Super Series, Kidambi reached to the semifinals after beating the tough opponent Chou Tien, but he didn’t continue his winning performance because of a loss from Chen Long (China) in the semis.
- Because of his first super series title, and recent unbeaten performance, Srikanth Kidambi put his name in the playing sheet of World Super Series Finals, where again it was China’s Chen Long, who beat him and ended his run.
- After the loss from the same opponent, those were the matches where he not only win over Viktor Axelsen, but also claimed Gold at Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold event 2015, and India Open Super Series. In both the finals, he beat Axelsen and added some more amazing memorable wins and achievements in his well-going career.
- In the semifinal of Malaysia Masters, Srikanth Kidambi lost and sent out of the tournament, but in the same week, he returned back, and added the title of Syed Modi International Badminton Championships Grand Prix Gold event in his bag by defeating Huang Yuxiang in the three sets, 21-13, 14-21,
- He also won two gold by playing in the men’s team event of 2016 South Asian Games, including another gold in men’s singles by defeating his own countryman Prannoy Kumar.
- But in Badminton Asia Team Championship, where Srikanth Kidambi was never defeated in any match, still his team lost and went out of the tournament in the semifinals.
- It was a dream of every athlete to win a Gold or Silver or Bronze in the Olympics, but unfortunately, the world number 11 (Srikanth Kidambi ranking) at that moment, successfully entered in the quarter-finals, but Kidambi Srikanth next match was fixed with Lin Dan, who beat him with a score 6-21, 21-11, and 18-21. With this match, Kidambi’s hope to win a medal died in the Summer Olympics 2016 (Rio).
- Along with Sai Praneeth, when Srikanth Kidambi also entered in the finals of Singapore Super Series, history has been created. Because it was the first time when Indian Pair reached in the finals of a ranking Badminton event.
- Both were coached by Pullela Gopichand, both do some practice on the same court, both usually hang out together, party together and almost lives together, but at that moment, it was Sai Praneeth who knows every minor weakness of his friend, won the Singapore Superseries title with the score of 17-21, 21-17, and 21-12.
- Later in 2017, Srikanth Kidambi reached in another final of Super Series Premier (Indonesia), but this time, he didn’t even give his opponent a chance to make a strategy to defeat him. He won the title by beating Kazumasa Sakai (Japan) in straight sets 21-11, 21-19, and became the first Indian to do so.
- It was his third Super Series, and this time also, Srikanth Kidambi racket showed the real smashes, drives, and drop shots which helped him to make it to the finals of Australian Super Series where he won it over his well-known opponent Chen Long by the score of 22-20, 21-16.
- After being defeated by Son Won Ho (South Korea)in straight sets in the quarter-finals of BWF World Championships, Glasgow, Srikanth Kidambi cliched the third Super Series consecutive title in the year 2017 which was done by only a few players in the history of Badminton. It was the finals of Denmark Super Series Premier, where he won over Lee Hyun-il (Korea) in straight sets 21-10, 21-5.
- After the milestone of three super series win in a single year, he never stopped performing out of the box and claimed the fourth Super Series Title,
French Open over Kenta Nishimoto, which brought him to his career highest ranking, World No. 2.
- 2017 was a year to remember for Srikanth Kidambi where he not only reached the peak of his career but also set many records for the upcoming Badminton players from India. And you know what folks, more many are yet to come. You just need to stay update for kidambi srikanth latest news.
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 Super Series 2017 – Runner-Up (Opponent – B. Sai Praneeth, India)
- Indonesia Open Super Series 2017 – Winner (Opponent – Kazumasa Sakai, Japan) + ₹ 500,000 was awarded by Badminton Associaton of India
- Australian Open Super Series 2017 – Winner (Opponent – Chen Long, China) + ₹ 500,000 was awarded by Badminton Associaton of India
- Denmark Open Super Series 2017 – Winner (Opponent – Lee Hyun-il, South Korea)
- French Open Super Series 2017 – Winner (Opponent – Kenta Nishimoto, Japan)
- Arjun Award – 2015
- Sportsman Of The Year – 2017 (By Indian Sports Authorities.)