Five records broken by Indian shuttler Srikanth Kidambi in 2017
Indian shuttler Srikanth Kidambi has been on a roll in 2017. After having to miss a chunk of the season in 2016 due to an ankle injury, he has come back and how! There’s a spring in his step, he is oozing confidence with every shot and he looks absolutely unruffled on the court under pressure.
This is a version of Srikanth that is very different from the one we have seen in the last couple of years when he struggled for consistency. With the arrival of the Indonesian coach, Mulyo Handoyo, the Guntur-born Pullela Gopichand protégé has a lot more self-assurance that is evidenced from the way he has been winning laurels in 2017.
Here are five records that the World No. 8 has broken in 2017:
Only one from the top 10 to have beaten Viktor Axelsen in last encounter
Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen has become better and better with each tournament that culminated in his maiden World Championships crown in August. And he did not stop there as he added the Japan Open title as well.
Srikanth Kidambi snapped the top-ranked Axelsen’s 13-match winning streak in mind-boggling fashion when he came back from a game down to edge the Dane 14-21, 22-20, 21-7 in the Denmark Open quarter-finals.
It made him the only one from the current men’s singles top 10 to have beaten the Dane in their last encounter. Out of the other eight names in the top 10, seven have succumbed to Axelsen in their last meeting and they include Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long, Lin Dan, Son Wan Ho, Tian Houwei, Chou Tien Chen and NG Ka Long Angus. Only World No. 4 Shi Yuqi has never crossed swords with the numero uno player.