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Srikanth Kidambi withdraws from Australian Open

Indian shuttler Srikanth Kidambi has withdrawn from the upcoming BWF Super 300 event Australian Open. With this, the athlete is out of contention for a berth at the World Tour Finals (WTF), which he could have achieved provided he participated in the Open and went on to win it.

Earlier, the likes of Lakshya Sen and doubles duo Satwiksairaj Rankreddy/Chirag Shetty announced that they were done with their shuttling for this calendar year, and that they would be back next year. Both Sen and Satwik/Chirag played Hylo Open as their last tournament in 2022. Same goes for Kidambi.

The 29-year-old defeated some top players like Lu Guang Zu and Jonatan Christie to reach the semi-finals of the Hylo Open, but Anthony Ginting put a stop to his dream run with a straight set victory (21-18, 21-15). This 3rd placed finish was the Indian’s best performances on the BWF World Tour, along with the same results in the Korea Open and Swiss Open.

After PV Sindhu’s official withdrawal from the WTF owing to injury, it looks like HS Prannoy will be the only Indian to participate in the Finals across all categories, scheduled to take place in Guangzhou, China.

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