Never Thought I Could Beat Lin Dan, Says Kidambi Srikanth

Kidambi Srikanth is currently ranked ninth and the Andhra Pradesh lad is set to make it to top-eight when the rankings are revised on Thursday. Only the top-8 of the Super Series rankings play the year-ending Super Series Finals.

Updated: November 17, 2014 18:11 IST
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Kidambi Srikanth in action during China Open Super Series final.

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New Delhi: Newly-crowned China Open champion Kidambi Srikanth on Monday said he never took the victory for granted and never believed that he could pull it off until he won as he knew that his opponent in the final -- two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China -- could make a comeback at any point.

A Pullela Gopichand protege, Srikanth created history on Sunday by becoming the first Indian male shuttler to bag a Super Series Premier title when he defeated five-time World Champion 'Super' Dan in straight games of the men's singles final in Fuzhou.

"I never thought about the win. Only after winning the 21st and last point of the second game did I realise what I had done. Till then I knew that a player like Lin Dan can come back anytime. I just wanted to stay focussed throughout the match," Srikanth told IANS in a telephonic interview from Hong Kong.

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