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Kidambi Srikanth looks to play limited tournaments, focus on CWG and Asian Games

Kidambi Srikanth is focused on playing less tournaments in the coming one year to prepare for the big Games like Commonwealth and Asian.

By: Express Web Desk | Odense | Published: October 23, 2017 4:04:01 pm
kidambi srikanth, srikanth, denmark superseires open, srikanth badminton Kidambi Srikanth won the Denmark Open title on Sunday. (Reuters Photo)

Kidambi Srikanth may have won three Superseries titles thie year with Denmark Open beign his latest but the badminton player is focused on playing less tournaments in the coming one year to prepare for the big Games like Commonwealth and Asian next year. The cut down in the tournament is to keep himself ready for these big events.

“I really want to play a fixed number of tournaments and don’t want to play all the tournaments and push myself for the ranking,” Srikanth said. “I will play around 10 tournaments and then play the Commonwealth and the Asian Games, the World Championship and then there is Syed Modi which is compulsory and PBL, so it would make it 15-17 tournaments anyway.”

Srikanth outclassed Lee Hyun II on Sunday to win the Denmark Open title. He won the final match 21-10 21-5 against Lee. Srikanth said it was a great week for him and he wants to continue playing well.

“I am happy with the way it went for me, it was fantastic. I beat some tough players this week. I can’t even say it was a dream come true because I never dreamt of winning three titles this year. I really want to continue playing well,” Srikanth said.

“I just wanted to continue what I did this week and not do anything fancy. I feel I have to be more consistent in the coming months,” said Srikanth.

In total, Srikanth has won five Superseries titles. This year he has won three titles in Indonesia Super Series Premier and Australia Super Series. In 2014, he had won the China Open Super Series Premier and in 2015, he won the India Open Super Series.

Srikanth, who will move up to number four in world rankings, said that he will like to finish the year on a high including the Dubai Super Series Final.

“It was a good year for me. After coming back from injury, I played really well. There are more Super Series tournaments to go and I really want to finish well.”

“Dubai is an important event. After China and Hong Kong, I will think about Dubai Super Series Final. I reached semis in 2014 and in 2015, I lost in the league stages but it doesn’t matter. We, as players, have to forget what had happened and start afresh. So I don’t want to think about what happened in 2015,” he added.

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