NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, among others, lavished praise on Kidami Srikanth for claiming the Australian Open title with a stunning win over reigning Olympic and world champion Chen Long.
It was Srikanth's fourth Super Series title and second successive.
PM Modi wrote on Twitter:
We are really proud of the victory of @srikidambi in the Australian Open. I congratulate him for yet another wonderful win.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 25, 2017
The triumph is his second straight after clinching the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier title last week and Tendulkar said he was proud of "champion" Srikanth.
Another former India cricketer Virender Sehwag also extended his best wishes as he tweeted:
Srikanth's compatriot HS Prannoy tweeted:
Looks like it's getting tough for everyone to Clinch titles when Indian boys are in form!! Congrats @srikidambi 👌👌👍— PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) June 25, 2017
Denmark shuttler Mathias Boe felt Srikanth's achievement of winning back-to-back titles was rare.
Massive congrats @srikidambi back to back titles, not many players have done that 👍🏼😃🏆🇮🇳💪🏸. Jai hind— Mathias Boe (@mathiasboe) June 25, 2017
Sports Minister Vijay Goel also lauded Srikanth's second consecutive Super Series title. He tweeted:
Former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha not only applauded Srikanth but also his coaches, especially national coach Pullela Gopichand.
Tennis ace Sania Mirza said:
@srikidambi on fire 🔥💪🏽💪🏽 love it.. huge congratulations once again .. keep it rolling— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 25, 2017
Hockey player Rupinder Pal Singh added:
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