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Srikanth on Roger Federer Being His Inspiration, Rankings and More

Watch Kidambi Srikanth speak to the media about winning back-to-back tiles at the Denmark Open and French Open.

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Badminton
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In his best form so far after winning four Super Series titles in five months, star India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Tuesday said that the days of domination of Lin Dan or Lee Chong Wei are over, and the tournaments are more wide open than ever.

Srikanth, who became the first Indian and only fourth men's singles player in the world to win four Super Series titles in a calendar year, said not a few but many players, including him, are capable of winning top tournaments these days.

For a long time I think (Malaysian) Lee Chong Wei and (China’s) Lin Dan have dominated badminton. And now it has become more open. Me, Viktor (Axelsen) and even other Indian players are winning tournaments. It has become more wide open and it’s always good for the sport when you have so many champions.
Kidambi Srikanth

Srikanth was felicitated at the P Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad after his recent victories at the Denmark Open and French Open. He won the Indonesia Open and Australia Open in June and then bagged the Denmark Open and French Open this month.

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Srikanth might be inching towards the World Number 1 spot after winning the French Open last weekend but he said he was not thinking too much about the rankings.

To be frank I don’t really think too much about the rankings. I really did well in the last eight to ten months. I want to just keep playing tournaments and enjoy playing the sport.
Kidambi Srikanth

Asked if he will become World No. 1 if he wins the upcoming China Open, Srikanth said, "That's how it is. If you do consistently well, rankings do follow and I don't want to run behind the rankings. I really want to play well in the tournaments."

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Srikanth said he will be competing in the Nationals (next week), besides the China and Hong Kong Open and the BWF World Super Series Finals in Dubai in December.

"I am very happy now. All the four Super Series are different. After I won the India Open in 2015, it took a long time to win the Indonesia title," said Srikanth, who beat Axelsen in men's singles quarter-finals at the Denmark Open Super Series Premier.

He said the match against compatriot HS Prannoy in the French Open was also a tough one.

I was really thinking of playing well because I played a great match against him (Viktor) in Japan Open but I lost by just two to three points. I didn’t want that to happen. I wanted to do better and luckily I was able to do it. I am happy with the way I played that quarter final match. He has been in a great form and that win gave me a lot of confidence.
Kidambi Srikanth

"Going into the French Open, it was a tough draw and with top players losing in initial rounds, there were so many thoughts running in my mind, but still I told myself that I will take it round-by-round. I fairly did well at the French Open," said Srikanth.

Video Editor: Purnendu Pritam

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(With inputs from PTI)

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