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Narendra Modi leads felicitations for Kidambi Srikanth after French Open triumph

Kidambi Srikanth continued his rich vein of form as he defeated Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in the finals of the French Open Super Series, and was congratulated by a number of people on Twitter.

other sports Updated: Oct 30, 2017 11:28 IST
Kidambi Srikanth poses with his trophy after winning the men's singles final at the French Open Badminton tournament at the Coubertin Stadium in Paris.
Kidambi Srikanth poses with his trophy after winning the men's singles final at the French Open Badminton tournament at the Coubertin Stadium in Paris. (AFP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind heaped praise on badminton star Kidambi Srikanth after he clinched his maiden French Open Super Series title on Sunday.

Kidambi Srikanth continued his rich vein of form as he defeated Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in the finals of the French Open, becoming the first Indian and only fourth male shuttler in history to lift four Super Series titles in a calendar year.

Taking to his Twitter account, Prime Minister Modi noted how the “entire country is super proud” of him.

President Kovind, on the other hand, believes that the 23-year-old shuttler has made “victory a habit”.

Others also took to social media to congratulate the shuttler.

Srikanth has been at his menacing form from past few months, having already clinched the Denmark Open Super Series Premier, the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier and Australian Open Super Series earlier this year.

Now he has overall six Super Series titles to his name, including China Open 2014 and India Open 2015.

Earlier, the Badminton Association of India had also announced a cash reward of Rs 5 Lakh for Srikanth for his French Open Super Series win.