NEW DELHI, May 15: Singapore-open finalist Kidambi Srikanth feels India have been handed a tough draw at the Sudirman Cup and they will have to bring out nothing but their best to win a medal in the mixed team championship.
“I feel we have a really tough draw as we are up against Indonesia and Denmark. I think these are one of the strong teams. So it won’t be easy but if it is our day then we can win,” Srikanth, who along with Ajay Jayaram and HS Prannoy will be handling the responsibility of the men’s singles, told PTI.
“India is part of the top 8 teams and all these teams are very strong but I feel we need to prepare ourself to play at that level and that is the only option, can’t think about the matches and draw. We have to bring out the best we can,” he added.
A final finish at Singapore Open sealing his World Championship berth, Srikanth says he needs to curb his inconsistency to return with a medal from Glasgow.
After two title-winning performance at 2014 China Open and 2015 India Open that catapulted him to world number 3, Srikanth slipped to 31st position in March following an ankle injury he suffered post Rio Olympics. However, the Indian bounced back to reach the finals at Singapore Super Series last month.
“I am happy with the way I came back from the injury, I mean to comeback and play at that level keeps me motivated. Luckily I qualified for World Championship too so I am really looking forward to the event. There are many tournaments before I play at the World Championship so it would be very important for me to get the important match practice because I have been out of the international level,” Srikanth. – PTI