Srikanth Kidambi wins China Open Badminton Title 2014 by beating 2-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China. Hindupad congratulates Srikanth on his rare feat…
Kidambi Srikanth recorded a rare feat by an Indian when he beat home favourite and two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan (21-19, 21-17) to win the China Open Super Series tournament on Sunday. This was the biggest win of his career so far.
The 21-year-old from Andhra Pradesh showed nerves of steel to produce a dominating performance which helped him see off five-time world champion Lin 21-19 21-17 in the men’s singles final which lasted 46 minutes here.
Srikanth, who won the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold last year, had finished runners-up at the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold event in Lucknow and was a quarter-finalist in this year’s Malaysian Open.
He was also a part of the Indian badminton contingent that reached the semifinals of the mixed team event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
This is the first time any Indian male shuttler has won a Super Series Premier event ever since the Super Series and Premier tournaments were introduced.
Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi was born in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. His father KVS Krishna is a landlord, and his mother Radha a house-wife. Srikanth’s brother Nanda Gopal is also an internationally ranked badminton player.
While Srikanth took 46 minutes to bring Lin Dan down, Saina’s women’s singles final lasted 42 minutes at the Haixia Olympic Sport Center.
This is Saina’s third title of the year as the Indian had won the Australian Super Series in June, besides clinching the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold early in the year.
In her sixth appearance in the prestigious tournament, Saina had to draw from her reservoir of experience to stave off the challenge of the athletic Akane.