The first Indian to win Men’s Silver at Worlds BWF Championships 2021:
Badminton World Championships’ Finals: India’s Kidambi Srikanth lost 15-21, 20-22 to Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in the men’s singles last of the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain on Sunday. Riders on Srikanth’s World Championship silver are as many as jockey’s silks on a derby-day racecourse: depleted field, easy draw, not a single-seeded opponent. K. Srikanth, who had a dream run in 2017 when he won four Super Series titles and climbed to World No. 1 in the men’s singles rankings, created history in Huelva on Sunday when he became the first Indian man to reach the final of the World Championship. Though he lost to Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in straight games, the 28-year-old had a memorable campaign as he capitalized on the withdrawals of a few big names.
Releasing his trademark hop crushes under tension, Srikanth dropped an adequate number of clues that he was once again at max speed. Not really set in stone Lakshya Sen in the elimination round, pawed back from a game down to win in three in a challenge that saw sublime assemblies and amazing shots. BWF 2021 Final India’s shuttler Kidambi Srikanth scripted history on Sunday, December 19. As he became the first male player from the nation to win a silver medal in BWF World Championships. He squared off against Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew, who was also a first-time finalist.
🇮🇳🏸 CHAMPIONS! Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth became only the 3rd and 4th male shuttlers from India to win medals at the World Championships 💯
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The first-ever semifinal featuring two Indians at the Worlds also showed that men’s badminton. As much as the women’s game is growing in the country. Born in Ravulapalem, Andhra Pradesh, Srikanth started playing the sport in Guntur. His career took off once he shifted base to the Gopi Academy.
Srikanth’s Father Say’s: Happy that my son is the first Indian to win Silver
While his brother Nandagopal and mother Radha watched the match in hyderabad. Srikanth’s father KVS Krishna watched it in their Guntur- though the family lives in Hyderabad. He had gone there on some personal work-home. Where friends and relatives burst crackers and distributed sweets in celebration. “Though I am a bit sad that he lost in the final, I am happy that my son is the first Indian to win a men’s singles silver at the World championships,” Krishna told TOI. “I am satisfied with the way made a comeback after being down with injury and slump in from. His comeback was remarkable, I hope he does well in the future. At the moment, I am more happy than sad,” he added.
“IF WE DERE TO WIN, WE SHOULD ALSO DARE TO LOSE.”
Srikanth’s coach Pullela Gopichand said that he was confident Srikanth would win a model at the world. “It’s really good that he won a good medal. He’s played well through the week. in fact, he was doing well for the last weeks. I am very happy for him and he will play much better in the future,” said Gopichand.