‘I’m just happy to be doing well for now’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Jun 2017 09:30:14


 

SYDNEY,

A RESOLUTE Kidambi Srikanth clinched his fourth Super Series title with an incredible straight-game triumph over reigning Olympic and world champion Chen Long in the Australian Open final here on Sunday.


“As a whole I played very well, but since I arrived in Sydney I have gastro-enteritis and have had diarrhoea, so I have not been at my best physical condition. But since I made the final I wanted to continue to play as well as I could,” an ecstatic Srikanth said after the victory.


“It’s just that I’m not thinking of winning or losing. I missed competitive badminton and wanted to enjoy the match. It’s like it happened because I missed that period of competitive badminton. It’s like I wanted to hang in and play as many matches as possible,” he added.


“These conditions are such that you can’t really attack, it’s a bit slow, you have to be prepared for a long match. In all the breaks I had the advantage, the coach told me to keep it going, not to make simple mistakes and allow him back into the match. My attack worked really well,” Srikanth said.
“I’m playing better after the Sudirman Cup. I should thank my physio for keeping me fit for these two tournaments. It was tough for me on Tuesday and Wednesday,” he said.
“There was a long rally early in the second game and after I won that I got more confident. If he had won it he would’ve kept doing it (rallies),” Srikanth explained.


The triumph was a morale-boosting jinx-breaker for Srikanth, who had lost all his previous five encounters to Long.
“I’m just happy to be doing well for now,” he said.
BAI announces Rs 5 lakh for Srikanth THE Badminton Association of India (BAI) announced a cash award of Rs 5 lakh to Kidambi Srikanth for clinching the Australian Open Super Series title in Sydney.


Celebrating the historic moment, BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced a bounty for the shuttler.
Sarma was delighted at Srikanth’s feat and congratulated him after his amazing win.
“We are really very proud of Srikanth for his achievements. It is simply phenomenal.


“He has not only made the whole country proud once again but has etched his name among the best and no word would enough to praise Srikanth,” Sarma said. Reiterating the president’s views, BAI secretary general Anup Narang added, “It is indeed a very huge achievement for Srikanth and Indian badminton. The entire BAI is in a jubilant mood and I am sure so is the badminton fans across the country.”

Anand Mahindra to gift TUV300
NOTED industrialist and diversified business conglomerate Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra said he will “personally” hand over a TUV300 to shuttler Kidambi Srikanth.


“OK His fighting spirit has made us proud. A STEAMROLLER deserves a Battle Tank. I’ll personally gift @srikidambi a Mahindra #TUV300,” Mahindra tweeted. He responded to a tweet made by another user requesting Mahindra to offer Srikanth something. “Sir, He (Srikanth) gets only five lakh That’s nothing compared to cricket, pls do something,” @NastreTheMust wrote in his tweet.