|Birth name||Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi|
|Born||7 February 1993|
Ravulapalem, Andhra Pradesh, India
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
|Career record||243 wins, 130 losses|
|Highest ranking||1 (12 April 2018)|
|Current ranking||14 (23 March 2021)|
Srikanth Kidambi (born 7 February 1993) is an Indian badminton player who trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad. He ranked as world number 1 at the BWF ranking in April 2018. Kidambi was awarded with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award in 2018. and Arjuna award in 2015.
Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi was born in Ravulapalem, Andhra Pradesh on 7 February 1993 to a Telugu family. His father, KVS Krishna is a landlord, and his mother Radha a house-wife. Srikanth’s older brother K. Nandagopal is also a badminton player.
In the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in Isle of Man, Kidambi won the silver in mixed doubles and bronze in doubles. He also emerged winner in the singles and doubles category at the All India Junior International Badminton Championship held in Pune.
In 2012 Kidambi overcame the then Junior World Champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli of Malaysia in the Maldives International Challenge to claim the men's singles title.
In the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold event, Kidambi won the men's singles title beating then world number eight and local favorite Boonsak Ponsana in straight sets. In the same year, Kidambi beat reigning champion and Olympian Parupalli Kashyap in the All India Senior National Championships in Delhi to claim his first senior national title. He was also part of the Awadhe Warriors team that finished second in the Indian Badminton League, 2013.
Kidambi finished runner up at the 2014 India Open Grand Prix Gold event in Lucknow. and was a quarter finalist in 2014 Malaysian Open. He was part of the Indian badminton contingent that reached the semi finals of the Mixed-team event at the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow. He also reached the quarter finals of the men's singles event in the same tournament.  In November, he created a major upset in the final of the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier by beating 5 times World Champion and 2 times Olympic Champion Lin Dan in straight sets (21–19 21–17), thus becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series Premier men's title. He then reached semi finals of Hong Kong Open Super Series after beating in-form Chou Tien-chen in the early rounds. He lost to Chen Long of China in three sets in the semifinals. With those wins he was qualified for the world super series finals. He defeated Kento Momota (15–21 21–16 21–10) and Tommy Sugiarto (21–18 21–13) in the group stage to reach semi finals of the prestigious BWF Super Series Masters Finals where he again lost to Chen Long of China.
Kidambi became the first Indian male to win gold at the 2015 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold by defeating Viktor Axelsen 21–15,12–21,21–14. The same year he also won India Open Super Series title by defeating Viktor Axelsen in the finals.
Kidambi reached the semifinal in the Malaysia Masters, where he lost to Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin of Malaysia in January. The following week he won the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships Grand Prix Gold title, defeating Huang Yuxiang 21–13, 14–21, 21–14 in the final. At the 2016 South Asian Games, he won two gold medals, in men's team and men's singles, defeating Prannoy Kumar in the singles final. At the 2016 Badminton Asia Team Championship, although his team lost in the semifinal, he remained undefeated.
In the 2016 Rio Olympics, the World No. 11, Kidambi entered the round of 16 of the men's singles by beating Lino Muñoz and Henri Hurskainen. He went on to beat World No. 5 Jan Ø. Jørgensen 21–19, 21–19 to reach the quarterfinals, but was defeated by Lin Dan by a score of 6–21, 21–11, and 18–21.
Kidambi and Sai Praneeth created history when they became the first ever Indian pair to enter the finals of a ranking event in Badminton. Both hailing from Hyderabad and being coached by Pullela Gopichand, it was Sai Praneeth who prevailed 17–21, 21–17, 21–12 eventually to clinch the Singapore Super Series title.
Kidambi won the Indonesia Super Series beating Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 21–11, 21–19 thereby becoming the first ever Indian male player to do so. He went on to win Australian Super Series beating China's Chen Long 22–20, 21–16 in the final, setting an Indian record for entering three consecutive Super Series Finals. At the World Championships, he was defeated in the quarter-final by South Korea's Son Wan-Ho in straight sets. At the next Super Series, in Denmark, he won the title defeating Lee Hyun-il of Korea 21–10, 21–5 in the final. Following his good run, Kidambi became the fourth player ever to win four Super Series titles in a year, after he won the French Super Series that followed, defeating Japan's Kenta Nishimoto 21–14, 21–13 in the final. In the process, he equaled the record held by Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, and Chen Long. Following the victory, he reached his career-best ranking of 2.
Kidambi started 2018 at the India Open as the second seed. He was defeated in the second round by Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin who had qualified from the qualifiers. He also lost in the second round at the All England Open to Chinese player Huang Yuxiang in three games. At the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Kidambi was more successful, winning a gold in the mixed team event, and a silver in the singles event. He achieved world number 1 ranking for a week during this period.
Kidambi represented his country at the South Asian Games in Nepal, and won the gold medal in the team event.
|2018||Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Gold Coast, Australia||Lee Chong Wei||21–19, 14–21, 14–21|
|2016||Multipurpose Hall SAI–SAG Centre, Shillong, India||H.S. Prannoy||11–21, 21–14, 21–6|
The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
|2019||India Open||Super 500||Viktor Axelsen||7–21, 20–22||Runner-up|
The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels are Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consists of twelve tournaments around the world that have been introduced since 2011. Successful players are invited to the Superseries Finals, which are held at the end of each year.
|2014||China Open||Lin Dan||21–19, 21–17||Winner|
|2015||India Open||Viktor Axelsen||18–21, 21–13, 21–12||Winner|
|2017||Singapore Open||B. Sai Praneeth||21–17, 17–21, 12–21||Runner–up|
|2017||Indonesia Open||Kazumasa Sakai||21–11, 21–19||Winner|
|2017||Australian Open||Chen Long||22–20, 21–16||Winner|
|2017||Denmark Open||Lee Hyun-il||21–10, 21–5||Winner|
|2017||French Open||Kenta Nishimoto||21–14, 21–13||Winner|
The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) which was held from 2007 to 2017.
|2013||Thailand Open||Boonsak Ponsana||21–16, 21–12||Winner|
|2014||India Grand Prix Gold||Xue Song||21–16, 19–21, 13–21||Runner-up|
|2015||Syed Modi International||Kashyap Parupalli||21–23, 21–23||Runner-up|
|2015||Swiss Open||Viktor Axelsen||21–15, 12–21, 21–14||Winner|
|2015||Indonesian Masters||Tommy Sugiarto||21–17, 13–21, 22–24||Runner-up|
|2016||Syed Modi International||Huang Yuxiang||21–13, 14–21, 21–14||Winner|
|2012||Maldives International||Zulfadli Zulkiffli||13–21, 21–11, 21–16||Winner|
Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi finalists, and Olympic quarter finalists.