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Want To Start With A Clean Slate, Says Kidambi Srikanth

With successive Super Series titles to his credit, Kidambi Srikanth might be a strong contender at the World Championship but the Indian ace says he isn’t counting his chickens before they hatch. Despite making three back-to-back final appearances, Srikanth said he wants to start with a clean slate and would not even think of lowering his guard at the World Championship where the field boasts of the cream of World badminton. “I am really playing well and I am confident. But everyone comes with their full fitness for such a big event. So for me it is not about thinking what I would do if I reach final but about how I will play in the first round,” Srikanth told PTI.

“I got a big break after the three events. After such a break the first rounds are also very tough, so I was taking it match by match and I didn’t set any targets,” added the Indian, whose mid-season surge saw him rise to the top of the Destination Dubai Rankings.

Srikanth said he would have to go full throttle from the opening round itself as even a slight dip in performance can cost one a match at such a big event.

“Every opponent is different and all the top 20 are playing well and it is about playing 100 percent from the first round itself,” said the former World No. 3, who will face Russian Sergey Sirant in the first round of the Glasgow event starting from August 21.

“When you play an unseeded player, he doesn’t have anything to lose while you will have pressure, so you can’t expect to win if you play at 90 per cent.”

The 24-year-old from Guntur said he doesn’t think much about his opponents as he believes it is all about how he conducts himself during the match.

“I don’t really want to think what others are thinking, I just want to think about my game. It is not about others, it is about me, what I feel during a match and how I really play my best during the match,” the eighth-seeded Indian said.

“I am a person, who believes that it…

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