‘Big Three’ face growing threat from Kidambi Srikanth at World Championships

Kidambi Srikanth has a phenomenal run in 2017.
Kidambi Srikanth has a phenomenal run in 2017.

Kuala Lumpur: In last five years, the men’s singles category of badminton has been through a period of dominance by the ‘Holy Trinity’ of Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long. This year, they are the firm favorites for the world title at BWF World Champions to be held in Glasgow, starting August 21.

However, the World Championship court is incredibly wide open in 2017 and that the ‘Big Three’ will have a tough task on their hands to maintaining their dominance. Because, 3 of the 6 Super Series events held in 2017 so far have been won by an Indian shuttler. Indian shuttlers such as Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy had experienced recent success against the trio.

More specifically, Kidambi Srikanth who is on an incredible run with reaching three straight Super Series finals – Singapore, Indonesia and Australian, and winning the Indonesia and Australian titles in two consecutive weeks, pose a major threat to the ‘Big Three’.

Speaking to Indian media, Srikanth remained optimistic and was confident about his chance in the World Championship.

“There will definitely pressure there, but the focus still for me is to continue to play well,” said Srikanth.

“Right now, I am confident with my form and fitness. But everyone in World Championships plays good badminton and everybody is strong and fit. I am going to only think about one match at a time,” added Srikanth.

“For now, I don’t care about what other people are thinking, I just want to concentrate about my game. After all, it’s about me, and how I really play during the match,” said the 24-year-old.

“I always believe that when you are on the badminton court, it is 90 per cent hard work and 10 per cent luck. For example, at 20-19, I can’t really plan anything, all I can do is to hope for my opponent to make some mistakes,” added the eight-seeded player at World Championships.

With the help of Gopichand and Taufik Hidayat’s coach Mulyo Handoyo, Srikanth got great power where he can go deep at any major tournaments including World Championships.


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