Who said what? India reacts to Kidambi Srikanth's record-breaking French Open win
Kidambi Srikanth earned a historic win over Kenta Nishimoto in the final of the French Open Superseries, to collect his fourth Superseries title of 2017.
Srikanth, who has been struggling in the first games of his quarter and semifianal matches, notched up a straight-games victory this time, winning 21-14, 21-13 against his Japanese opponests.
This was a historic win for Srikanth, who not only became the first Indian to win the French Open Superseries, but he also became the first Indian to have ever won four Superseries titles in a calendar year.
To add to that, Srikanth is also set to climb up to his career-best BWF ranking of World No 2, when the BWF men’s singles rankings updates, on Thursday.
With so many records being broken, the plaudits started pouring in from all quarters. Badninton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma congratulated Srikanth, and said that he was left without words after his record-breaking performance.
Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined-in, to congratulate the Hyderabad shuttler.
Raam Nath Kovind, the President of India was also full of praise for the shuttler.
Former Indian hockey team captain Viren Rasquinha congratulated Srikanth’s coach Pullela Gopichand for doing so well with the Indian shuttlers.
Former BCCI president and current president of the Nationalist Congress Party, Sharad Pawaralso congratulated the 24-year-old for winning is fourt Superseries title this year.
Dr Raman Singh, the Chief Minister of the state of Chhattisgarh labeled Srikanth as the “hero of the nation”.
Famous comedian Sorabh Pant had a rather quirky joke, to go along with this praise for Srikanth.