Kidambi Srikanth : Don't want to play all tournaments just for the ranking

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Kidambi Srikanth : Don't want to play all tournaments just for the ranking

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SportsCafe Desk

10/23/2017

Kidambi Srikanth has decided not to play all the tournaments just for the sake of ranking points and will be playing only a fixed number in order to be in the best shape for next year. Also, he is content with his performance and feels that he will have to remain consistent in the coming months.

The Denmark Open champion Kidambi Srikanth is looking to being in the best shape possible for all the major events lined up next year and says that he would be playing limited tournaments to maintain his fitness.

"I really want to play a fixed number of tournaments and don't want to play all the tournaments and push myself for the ranking." 

"I will play around 10 tournaments and then play the Commonwealth and the Asian Games, the World Championship and then there is Syed Modi which is compulsory and PBL, so it would make it 15-17 tournaments anyway," he said, reported TOI. 

Srikanth outclassed Korea’s 37-year-old Lee Hyun II in the final by a score of 21-10, 21-5 and clinched the Denmark Open title on Sunday. With this Denmark Open singles title, Srikanth became only the second Indian male player to win the event, after Prakash Padukone in 1980.

"I am happy with the way it went for me, it was fantastic. I beat some tough players this week. I can't even say it was a dream come true because I never dreamt of winning three titles this year. I really want to continue playing well," he added. 

"I just wanted to continue what I did this week and not do anything fancy. I feel I have to be more consistent in the coming months." 

This year turned out to be a good one for Srikanth as he also managed to win the Indonesia Super Series Premier and Australia Super Series. Srikanth also has the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier and 2015 India Open Super Series title to his name and hoped to finish the year on a high.

"It was a good year for me. After coming back from injury, I played really well. There are more Super Series tournaments to go and I really want to finish well."

When asked about the Dubai Super Series Final in December, Srikanth said that it is a significant one and he will mull over it.

"It is an important event. After China and Hong Kong, I will think about Dubai Super Series Final. I reached semis in 2014 and in 2015, I lost in the league stages but it doesn't matter. We, as players, have to forget what had happened and start afresh. So I don't want to think about what happened in 2015." 

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