Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth Take Indian Badminton to New Heights in 2014

New Delhi: It turned out to be a watershed year for Indian badminton as the home shuttlers clinched no less than eight individual titles and also broke new grounds in team championships, making India a dominant force at the international stage. (Srikanth Wins China Open)

Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth clinching titles at China Super Series Premier and PV Sindhu bagging five bronze, including a World Championship medal, besides the historic bronze medals at Uber Cup and Asian Games, were the highlights of the year in which Indian badminton achieved unprecedented success at the global platform. (Saina Clinches China Open Title)

If Saina led the resurgence of Indian badminton in the last few years, the year also saw the emergence of younger stars, who made it a terrific season with the help of their stupendous performance.(Indian Women's Badminton Team Wins Bronze in Asian Games)

While Saina scooped three titles, Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap, Aravind Bhat, Sindhu and HS Prannoy -- all laid their hands on the crown at least once in the year gone by. In fact, Saurabh Verma and PC Thulasi also won titles in the International challenge category.(Sindhu Settles for Bronze in World Badminton Championships)

It was yet again Saina who set things in motion with a victory at the India Grand Prix Gold, which finally broke her long title drought. The Indian ace added two more titles to her kitty, clinching the Australia Super Series at Sydney in June and China Super Series Premier at Fuzhou in November.(Kashyap Wins Gold in Commonwealth Games)


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