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BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth says 'I really worked hard for this, now will target CWG & Asian Games Gold'
BWF World Championships: Kidambi Srikanth says ‘I really worked hard for this, now will target CWG & Asian Games Gold’

BWF World Championships – Kidambi Srikanth Future Plans: After winning the Silver medal at the World Championships, Kidambi Srikanth now has eyes on Gold in Commonwealth & Asian Games next year. According to Srikanth, silver medal at the World is a culmination of years of intense hard work

“In a few tournaments, I played really well and in a few tournaments I couldn’t play well this year, but again, to reach the final of a world championship is something that I really worked hard for, and I am really happy to be here today,” Srikanth said.

“I will try to continue to work hard, it is a process and there are many other tournaments next year, like the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, world championship, so it is a very big year, next year. So I will try to stay positive.”

Even before his 15-21, 20-22 loss to Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in the men’s singles final, the 28-year-old’s silver medal made him the first-ever Indian man to achieve the feat at the marquee tournament.

Men’s Singles Medallist for India:

  • Kidambi Srikanth (Silver Medal in 2021)
  • Prakash Padukone (bronze in 1983)
  • B Sai Praneeth (bronze in 2019)
  • Lakshya Sen (Bronze in 2021)

Also Read: BWF World Championships Finals LIVE: Kidambi Srikanth settles for SILVER, Loh Kean Yew wins GOLD with 21-15, 22-20 victory over Indian

BWF World Championships: Srikanth promises to not settle after silver medal win, eyes glory in Commonwealth, Asian Games next year
BWF World Championships: Srikanth promises to not settle after silver medal win, eyes glory in Commonwealth, Asian Games next year

BWF World Championships: Srikanth promises to not settle after silver medal win, eyes glory in Commonwealth, Asian Games next year

Srikanth, currently ranked 14th in the world, had his moments but he squandered leads of 9-3 and 18-16 in the two games to see the coveted title slip out of his grasp.

“It has been a great week. Even today I had my chances in both the games. I had a healthy lead in the first game and, even in the second game, I had an 18-16 cushion. I was not able to finish the match today. Loh played really well,” he said.

“Lots of things to learn from this, so definitely I will work on this and try to get better for next tournaments.”

Talking about his mindset ahead of the final, Srikanth said: “Going into this match, I really wanted to be positive and not make mistakes. But sometimes it happens; one has to win, one has to lose.

BWF World Championships: Srikanth promises to not settle after silver medal win, eyes glory in Commonwealth, Asian Games next year

“I tried to stay in the match, it kind of worked in the second game but it is important to finish off the match, but yeah, it is something I will need to work on.”

Srikanth had defeated Loh the only time he met him three years ago, at the 2018 Commonwealth Games mixed team event.

“Last time I played him was four (three) years back, which is a pretty long time. He has improved his game, he has matured as a player, his physical strength has improved and he is playing exceptionally well,” he said.

BWF World Championships: Srikanth promises to not settle after silver medal win, eyes glory in Commonwealth, Asian Games next year

Srikanth had faced a lot of difficulties in procuring his visa to get into Spain and the Indian said he wasn’t sure if he would be able to participate in the event.

“I didn’t know if I would be able to come here until Thursday. I got to know on Thursday evening, I think around 6 that I got my visa, so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to come here.

“So yeah, I am just happy to come here and play another tournament. It has been a great week for me. I was able to play well throughout the week. I would have loved to win today.”

BWF World Championships: Srikanth promises to not settle after silver medal win, eyes glory in Commonwealth, Asian Games next year

Malaysia-born Loh was in disbelief after becoming the first player from his country to win a world championship title.

“I cannot believe it. I mean, at the start of the year I didn’t think it would happen. Now I can tell you I am finally happy, I don’t have to focus on the match tomorrow,” said the world number 22.

Sharing his game plan for the final, Loh said: “He (Srikanth) is such a good attacking player, I knew it is not going to be easy to defend his shots. So I needed to be prepared for his defence and not let him attack much.

“It didn’t work well at the start and I had to pick up the pace and take initiative at the front.”

“It wasn’t easy to balance between being patient and aggressive. I wanted to win, but it was not easy to stay calm, but I managed to do it well in the end and it worked out well.”

“I know I am not an underdog anymore. I need to think of how to manage things, I can only do it by playing competitions, winning or losing. I can only learn from it. So I hope I can withstand the pressure.”

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