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Flashback 2017: Top seeded including PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth raise Indian badminton bar

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 28 December 2017, 15:06 IST
PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth

Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu has achieved new achievements, but he was Kidambi Srikanth, who won more titles while being great at Indian Badminton. As a result, in 2017 season, the Indian players have performed well in this year.

This year, the national anthem was heard on many occasions in stadiums around the world, because Sindhu and Srikanth ended at the podium of several elite Badminton tournaments. Sindhu made her claim among the world's best players with three titles and three silver medals.

At the same time, Srikanth won four titles while performing better than expected, while he was a runner up in a tournament. Men in 2017 were successful in performing better than their fellow female players, in which B. Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy also performed better at the international level.

However, there were some tough matches of Sindhu that could not be forgotten for a long time. The 22-year-old Sindhu lost in the 110-minute thrilling World Championships final against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara.

In addition to the title of 'Korea Open' and 'Dubai Super Series Finals', there were matches that proved to be emotionally as well as physically tiring for her.

The Hyderabad player lost in the title of 'World Championships', 'Hong Kong Open' and 'Dubai Super Series Finals', but she managed to win the title of India Open, Korea Open and Syed Modi Grand Prix.

On the other hand, Srikanth became the first Indian to win four Super Series in a single season. Before him, great players Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long achieved this feat.

The 24-year-old Srikanth booked his spot three time consecutively in the finals of Singapore, Indonesia and Australia in April. He lost in the Singapore final but won the title in Indonesia and Australia to make it to the Top 10 and also topped the list of highest earners.

Srikanth lost in the quarterfinals of the World Championship but succeeded in winning the title in Denmark and France for consecutive weeks in October. He reached the second place in the world rankings and made a place in the Dubai Finals.

First published: 28 December 2017, 15:06 IST