Putting together the jigsaw towards getting a fast tearaway in badminton, Srikanth Kidambi has been continuously offering Indians, a reason to cheer for a game beyond cricket. Kidambi won the French Open Super Series men’s singles title on Sunday, after defeating Japanese player Kenta Nishimoto at Paris.
With a marvellous score of 21-14 and 21-13 over Japanese badminton player, Srikanth Kidambi won the French Open Super Series. This was Kidambi’s fourth Super Series crown for the year, cementing his status of ‘King of Pace’ in the world of badminton. Also, this was his second consecutive title in two weeks after winning the Denmark Open in Odense last week. The 24-year-old shuttler has also become the fourth man to win four or more Super Series titles for men’s singles this year. Thanks to Kidambi’s utter dominance in fast courts when he plays with intimidating speed, giving him a global recognition within a year – making him one of the fastest rising stars.
At the start of the game on Sunday, it was Nishimoto who had started with a starry lead of 9-5, but soon, Kidambi paced up to draw up and levelled up to 9-9; and then there was no turning back for Kidambi. Although Nishimoto tried his best to come up and scored 15-14, but soon Kidambi fired up 6 points straight – to win the first leg of the tournament. The second game began with dominating confidence from the Indian shuttler, who took a commanding lead of 10-2 after straight five shots right in the beginning.
Although Nishimoto tried to reduce the gap and came back with a score of 13-8, e Indian showed his class and superiority in crunch situations to keep his lead intact and win the game 21-13 and claim his second consecutive title in as many weeks. This win adds up to Kidambi’s quest to become world number 2 or even number 1, but he wisely waved off any bravado of gunning for World No. 1. Kidambi said, “I think there was a lot of difference between Viktor and me for sure before the Denmark Open. I don’t think I’ll be No. 1; I might improve by a rank or two though. Definitely, it’ll be good to be there (No. 1), but I don’t really think of it right now. I don’t have many tournaments to defend anyway, so I don’t want to push myself for the ranking. I just want to enjoy playing.” But way to go Kidambi.