The game of badminton is thought to have originally developed among expatriate officers in British India, where it became a popular form of recreation by the 1870s. In recent decades, the best players in the world have come from the Far East, but the sport’s motherland has a handful of rising stars poised to shift the power center…
Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth followed his Indonesia Open Superseries Premier title by winning the Australian Open Superseries with a 22-20, 21-16 victory over Olympic and World champion Chen Long of China.
At the Indonesia Open, Srikanth claimed his spot in the final after securing a hard-won victory over World No. 1 Son Wan Ho of South Korea, 21-15, 14-21, 24-22.
In 2014, Srikanth won China Open Super Series Premier final over Lin Dan to become the first Indian to win a Superseries Premier men’s title.
Currently ranked No. 25 in the world, HS Prannoy made international headlines with a pair of stellar wins at this year’s Indonesia Open, before bowing out to Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai in his first ever Superseries semifinal match.
In the second round, the 24-year-old Indian shocked three-time Olympic and World silver medalist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, 21-10, 21-18.
Prannoy followed his victory over Lee, with a thrilling upset win over Olympic gold medalist Chen Long of China, 21-18, 16-21, 21-19.
Earlier this year, 15-year-old Lakshya Sen became the first shuttler from Uttarakhand to attain the No. 1 ranking at the international level.
Sen surpassed Chia Hao Lee of the Chinese Taipei, to attain the top spot.