BWF World Championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth rated the semi-final against Lakshya Sen and the final against Loh Kean Yew from Singapore as his ‘best matches’. Srikanth, India’s first-ever finalist in the Men’s Badminton World Championship, told DailyExpertNews that the last two matches were of high quality. In a first-ever all-Indian semi-final in the Badminton World Championships, the former world No. 1 had outpaced young Sen to reach the historic final. In the title fight, he lost to Kean Yew to take home India’s first silver in men’s singles.
“My 2014 win against Dan was a high quality match. In 2017 where I won four tournaments I also played a lot of quality matches. Every match is important so I wouldn’t want to judge them. These two will definitely be one of them my best matches,” Srikanth told DailyExpertNews when asked if these two matches were equivalent to his victory over the great Lin Dan in the 2014 China Open final.
Srikanth lost the final to Kean Yew on Sunday 21-15, 22-20. The match lasted 43 minutes. “It was a close semi-final and final. In the final if I had won a point or two here and there, it could have been different,” he said.
Srikanth is only the fourth Indian after Prakash Padukone (1983), B Sai Praneeth (2019) and Lakshya Sen (2021) to win a medal at the world championship.
Srikanth said he is currently a “better version” of 2017. “Honestly, I now feel like a better version of the 2017 Srikanth. Injuries will happen to any player. What’s important is how well you come back. I’ve always believed in myself. It was only a matter of time before I started winning again. I I’ve worked hard and now I’m happy with the way I’ve been able to perform,” he said.
When asked about the performance of young shuttlers in the absence of players like Kento Momota at the world championships, the Indian said he is concentrating on his own game.
“I don’t watch competition. I only focus on myself, always. I want to win competitions, medals. I don’t compare myself to anyone or watch what others are doing. The sport is evolving. Everyone wants to win “Everyone will give more than 100 percent . We must be alert. Can’t make simple mistakes, can’t show weaknesses,” he added.
The 28-year-old said he prefers to play an aggressive way of badminton.
“For my game, net play is very important. I play aggressive badminton. Lakshya and Spain have similar styles. They also want to play aggressively at a higher speed. Maybe we will see more players adapt to this style,” added Srikanth .
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