India’s Srikanth K. steals limelight at Maldives International Challenge 2012

Srikanth K., one of the most talented young shuttlers in the Men’s Singles category in India, stole the limelight when he overpowered Malaysia’s Zulfadli Zulkiffli in the Men’s Singles final and won the title of Maldives International Badminton Challenge
in Maldives, on Sunday, June 3.

The in-form Srikanth delivered a phenomenal performance and showed his brilliance in the court and toppled his higher ranked Malaysian opponent who was third seeded shuttler in Men’s Singles draw of the championship.

The Indian could not find a good start in opening game but got a wonderful rhythm in the second set and continued his positive play to win the match in hard-fought rubber games while consuming 63 minutes.

In contrast, the third seeded Zulkiffli showed his class in first game but lost his focus in the second set. He remained confused in the third game as well and lost the contest to his lower ranked Indian opponent with a reasonable margin.

In the opening set, both shuttlers started their run in a positive and aggressive manner but it was the higher ranked Malaysian who showed impressive performance and took a remarkable lead on the score board until the one-minute interval.

After the interval, Srikanth tried to live up to expectations but failed to create pressure on his rival and lost the set with a huge difference of 13-21.

In the second game, Srikanth came into court with a completely different strategy as he played impressive badminton at net while remaining quick in all areas.

Until the mid-game interval, the lower ranked Srikanth managed a comfortable gap on the score board.

After the one-minute break, the Indian continued his spirited run in the game and eventually wrapped up the game with a 21-11 score on the board.

In the decider, Zulkiffli played better badminton and he did not let the Indian to take a big lead until the interval.

After the break, Srikanth played with precision and also remained positive in the court. He managed to push his rival on the back foot and took the set with a convincing margin of 21-16.

The talented Srikanth emerged as the title winner by ending the final set in three games with a margin of 13-21, 21-11 and 21-16.