Kidambi Srikanth will compete in the Australian Open this week with the intention of building confidence for the World Championships.
Srikanth has enjoyed a solid 2017 having lifted the Indonesia Open in Jakarta last week and having made the final of the Singapore Open in early April.
Currently ranked 22nd in the world, the 24-year-old Indian is trying to find the form that got him inside the top-three back in 2015.
With the World Championships set to take place on the 22nd of August, Srikanth is treating this week’s Australian Open in Syndey as a big part of his preparation for one of the biggest events on the Badminton calendar.
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“The Australian Open is the last tournament before the World Championship and I am looking forward to it,” Srikanth said this week in the Harbour City.
“Indonesia Open is a big confidence-booster for me ahead and I would give my 100 per cent here (Sydney).
“I hope there is a lot more to come.”
If he is to go deep this week, he will certainly have his work cut out. The tournament has again attracted a strong field.
The powerhouse nations of China, Denmark, Indonesia and Japan will be well represented, with household names such as reigning Olympic Champion Chen Long and five-time world champion Lin Dan vying for glory alongside the likes of Viktor Axelsen and Jan O Jorgensen.
The prestige of the draw is something that has delighted Badminton Australia Board member and Tournament Director, Loke Poh Wong.
“We’re so fortunate this year to host players that represent both established talent and exciting potential – from Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Saina Nehwal to Pusarla Sindhu, Tai Tzu Ying and Angus Ng Ka Long,” Wong said.
“This year’s line-up will continue to attract a diverse range of visitors to Sydney as badminton fans are always keen to show their support for the Olympic medallists, World champions and popular personalities that the Open attracts.”
Qualifying takes places on Monday and Tuesday while the main draw starts on Wednesday.