|Born: 7 February 1993
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
|Residence: Hyderabad, India|
|Coach: Pullela Gopichand|
|Current ranking: 11|
Chances of winning a medal
Srikanth Kidambi is an Indian badminton player who is currently the highest ranked Indian men’s player in the international circuit with a world ranking of 11 as of June, 2016. He trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy.
Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi’s father, KVS Krishna, is a landlord and his mother, Radha, a house-wife. Srikanth’s elder brother Nanda Gopal is also a badminton player and he featured in the Premier badminton League 2016.
In the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in Isle of Man, Srikanth won the silver in mixed doubles and bronze in doubles.He also emerged winner in the singles and doubles category at the All India Junior International Badminton Championship held in Pune.
In 2012 Srikanth overcame the then Junior World Champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli of Malaysia in the Maldives International Challenge to claim the Men’s singles title.In the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold event, Srikanth won the Men’s singles title beating then world number eight and local favorite Boonsak Ponsana in straight sets. In the same year, Srikanth beat reigning champion and Olympian Parupalli Kashyap in the All India Senior National Championships in Delhi to claim his first senior national title.He was part of the Awadhe Warriors team that finished second in the Indian Badminton League, 2013 and Bengaluru Topguns in Premier badminton league,2016.
He finished runner up at the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold event in Lucknow and was a quarter finalist in 2014 Malaysian Open. He was part of the Indian badminton contingent that reached the semi finals of the Mixed-team event at the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
He also reached the quarter finals of the Men’s Singles event in the same tournament. In November, he created a major upset in the final of the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier by beating 5 times World Champion and 2 times Olympic Champion Lin Dan in straight sets, thus becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series Premier Men’s title.
He then reached semi finals of Hong Kong Open Super Series after beating in-form Chou Tien Chen in the early rounds. He lost to Chen Long of China in three sets in the semifinals. With those wins he was qualified for the world super series finals. Srikanth became the first Indian male to win gold at the 2015 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold by defeating Viktor Axelsen.
The same year he also won India Open Super Series title by defeating Viktor Axelsen in the finals.
He reached the Malaysia Masters semifinals where he lost to Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin in January.
The very next week he clinced the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships Grand Prix Gold title defeating Huang Yuxiang. He bagged two gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games in men’s team & men’s singles where he defeated Prannoy Kumar.
He remained undefeated at the 2016 Badminton Asia Team Championship where his team lost in the semifinals.