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Kidambi's China Open victory is India's biggest achievement in badminton: Former Indian Shuttler
Srikanth Kidambi became an overnight sensation after he stunned Lin Dan in the finals of the China Open Super Series Premier. The Indian youngster put up an emphatic performance against the world number one defeating him in straight sets, 21-19 and 21-17. It was a golden day for Indian badminton as Saina Nehwal won the ladies singles, defeating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21-12 and 22-20 in the same competition.

Though, Saina's victory did not take many by surprise, as she has been one of the best stuttlers in the international fray for a long time, but it was the young lad from Andhra Pradesh, Srikanth, whose victory got the badminton world into frenzy. It was unexpected.

Former Indian shuttler and an Asian Games double bronze medallist, Pradeep S Gandhe said, ''Srikanth Kidambi's victory was not expected, especially against one of the all time greats, Lin Dan.'' The Chinese has been one of the best players in the international circuit. He has won a number of major competitions such as the 2008 and the 2012 Olympic Games along with World Cup, Thomas Cup and the World Championships. Primarily, he has won everything in the offing.

This victory over the Chinese ranks as one of the greatest victory for an Indian shuttler. The former Indian shuttler Gandhe ranks this triumph as the best ever for any Indian badminton player. He said, ''In the men's category, this has got to go down as the biggest achievement ever, as the victory has come in a super series, where only top badminton players can participate.''

During the finals, the Indian shuttler was not bogged down by the stature of Lin Dan, who was expected to win yet another Super series title. But, Kidambi showed great character and confidence as the Indian just took 46 minutes to write one of the most wonderful script of his career so far.

On the other hand, Indian ace shuttler, Saina Nehwal finished off his Japanese opponent in 42 minutes in what was her third title of the year. Gandhe spoke highly of Saina as well, especially of her mental toughness and physical fitness, which always stands tall.

He further said, ''No Chinese players (ladies) were beaten earlier, but it is Saina who slowly started the trend of defeating top Chinese players. In between she had lost the way, but, she has come come back with a bang.''

Victories in such a premier event just establishes India's stronghold in the sport of badminton. India's performance has been on the rise for the last three to four years and credible display in the Uber Cup, Olympics, CWG and the Asian Games just substantiates the aforesaid point.

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