Srikanth to the ‘Four’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Oct 2017 10:21:30



Wins French Open Super Series

INDIA’S Kidambi Srikanth’s dream season continued as he brushed aside the challenge of Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in straight games to win the French Open Super Series men’s singles title, here on Sunday.
Having already completed a hat-trick of Super Series titles, Srikanth won his fourth title of the season.
Srikanth, seeded eight in the tournament, took just 34 minutes to get the better of his Japanese opponent 21-14, 21-13 in the summit clash.

The win ensured Srikanth, who played his fifth Super Series final this season, bag his second consecutive title in two weeks after winning the Denmark Open in Odense last week.
Srikanth, thus, became only fourth men’s singles player to win four or more Super Series titles in a calendar year.

Not chasing world No 1 ranking: Kidambi KIDAMBI Srikanth might well be on course towards elusive World No 1 ranking but does not want to lose sleep over it.
His performance will see him jump higher in the ranking when the BWF ranking is released next week.
Asked about the numero uno status, he said: “I don’t know
(if I will be number 1). Definitely, I will go up higher in the
rankings but I am not sure where I will be. I haven’t been
pursuing it.”

Before Denmark and French titles, Srikanth had won back-to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia in June.
“I think there is a lot of difference between me and Viktor (Axelsen) for sure before Denmark Open. I don’t think I will be number one, I might improve a rank or two.”
“It is good to be there definitely but I am not thinking about it now. I don’t really have any tournament to defend anywhere, so I don’t want to push myself for the ranking and just want to enjoy playing, that’s it,” he added.