There is good news for sports lovers of the nation. Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth can become World No. 1 this weekend. Kidambi has already won four Super Series titles last year and stands a bright chance to win the All England Championships.
And if he clinches this championship on Sunday, March 18, he can bounce to the top position for the first time in his career.
The fact, even by entering the quarterfinal, Srikanth can make his place on the top, provided players such as Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long and Son Wan Ho don’t perform well in the tournament.
Currently World No. 3, Kidambi came very close to the No. 1 title last year but he had to drop out of China Open in November last year due to injury.
Things are already looking in favour of Kidambi as the World No. 1 shuttler Viktor Axelsen is not playing in the All England Championship.
The 24-year-old has 75,695 ranking points, 3,885 behind Axelsen and 1,229 points behind No. 2 Lee Chong Wei.
In a remarkable feat, Srikanth has clinched coveted badminton titles such as Indonesia Open, Australian Open, Denmark Open and French Open titles. He became one of four shuttlers in the world to do it.
In an interview with The Times of India, Srikanth said, “At an event like All England you can’t discount anyone. Rajiv (Ouseph) whom I may play in the second round plays very well in England. Even Lin Dan and Chong Wei raise their game by a few notches in big tournaments. So nothing will be easy.”