K Srikanth stormed the badminton world by defeating five time world champion Lin Dan in the finals of China Open last November. The 22 year old gifted shuttler from Gopi Chand Academy will defend the title when the tournament starts next week. After defeating the world champion “I am not thinking that I am the champion. What has happened is the past. Things have changed hopefully for the good. I want to go out and give my best.”
Significantly after the brilliant win in the China Open last year now world number 5 and the only Indian in the men’s top 10 has not really lived up to expectations in terms of winning major titles. He has only won the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and Indian Open this year.
“There have been continuous efforts to plug holes in your game. But Gopi sir will be better judge to say what sort of improvement I have made of late. He said that I was happy the way I was am playing in the recent past. It is important to note that it does not mean that you are playing well only when you are winning big titles. Yes it is always to keep winning major titles.
There is no doubt of consistency in winning major titles is a major factor when you look back. I would have been happier if I had won a few major titles.
“The best part is that I have no fears once the Indian player enters into the court. Despite not winning any major titles I feel it has been pretty ok and there is conscious effort to stay in the top 10.
“Yes winning the Olympic medal is my biggest dream I am chasing but the immediate focus is to qualify for the games. It is important to do well in next few major tournaments including the China Open, the prestigious All England Badminton Championship early next year to stay in the top 10.”