Kidambi Srikanth now eyes French Open

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Oct 2017 10:15:45



NEWLY-CROWNED Denmark Open champion Kidambi Srikanth will look to carrying on his fine form into the French Open this week when he spearheads the Indian challenge at the Super Series tournament, starting here on Tuesday.

25-year-old Srikanth has been in sensational form this season as he became the first Indian shuttler to reach four Super Series finals in a year, clinching three titles to surpass Saina Nehwal, who had claimed three crowns in 2010. Srikanth, who decimated Korean veteran Lee Hyun II in a lop-sided final last evening at Odense, will open his campaign against England’s Rajiv Ouseph, who had reached the quarter-finals at Denmark Open last week.

The man from Guntur might face Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent, who he had beaten in the semi-finals at Odense, in the second round here.
Olympic and World Championship silver medallist PV Sindhu, who had bowed out in the opening round of Denmark Open last week after losing to World No 10 Chen Yufei, will square off against Spain’s Beatriz Corrales in the opening round. The Indian might face off again with Chen in the quarters.

London Games bronze medallist Saina, who had defeated Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the opening round at Denmark, will face a tough test when she faces Kristy Gilmour of Scotland, whom the Indian had beaten in the World Championship.

BAI announces Rs 5 lakh cash award for Srikanth THE Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Monday announced a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh for Kidambi Srikanth for winning his third Super Series Premier title with a dominating victory at the Denmark Open in Odense.