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Kidambi Srikanth tops prize money list after back-to-back Superseries wins

Kidambi Srikanth’s three straight finals – including back-to-back victories in Indonesia and Australia Superseries – has made him the richest shuttler in the overall prize money standings, surpassing Tai Tzu Ying.

other sports Updated: Jul 22, 2017 21:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Kidambi Srikanth,Badminton,Tai Tzu Ying
Kidambi Srikanth defeated current Olympic champion Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 to clinch the men’s singles crown at the $750,000 Australian Open Superseries. (AP)

India’s ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth is cashing in on his super show in the last couple of months.

Srikanth’s three straight finals – including back-to-back victories in Indonesia and Australia Superseries – has made him the richest shuttler in the overall prize money standings, surpassing Tai Tzu Ying.

(Read | Kidambi Srikanth outclasses Olympic champ Chen Long to win Australian Open)

Before the Singapore Open, where the turnaround in his fortunes started after finishing runner-up, Srikanth’s had only won US$16,597.50 (approximately Rs 10 lakh) on court this year. However, that has jumped to US$147,847.50 (over Rs 95 lakh) thanks to victories in the Indonesia Open and the Australian Open.

(Read | Don’t know what the future holds: Kidambi Srikanth after Australian Open glory)

The 24-year-old Guntur lad’s earnings are more than double that of Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei who trails in second with US$71,300 while China’s Lin Dan is third with US$69,795 and Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei) is fourth with US$53,150.00.

Meanwhile, 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu – with her earnings of $47,075 (Rs 30 lakh) — is placed seventh on the list of women’s singles players. She is also the only other Indian shuttler in the top 10 earners across categories.

First Published: Jul 22, 2017 21:36 IST