Srikanth Kidambi’s stupendous success not only hauled him back inside the top 10 of the world rankings, but also sent his bank balance through the roof. With a staggering US $147,847.50, the World No. 8 currently sits atop the list of 2017 prize money leaders, calculated at the end of the Chinese Taipei Grand Prix held from June 27-July 2.The whopping amount that he earned also enabled him to surpass the in-form women’s singles World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying, who has lost only two matches this year. The Chinese Taipei ace, who has won five consecutive Superseries titles, has only US $133,125.00 which is nearly US $15,000 less than the Indian’s earnings.The talented Indian’s run of three straight finals – including back-to-back victories over two weekends in Indonesia and Australia – has rocketed him to the top of the overall prize money standings, surpassing Tai Tzu Ying.
The best indicator of how far Srikanth has come since his twin success is the startling difference in his earnings before and after April. Before mid-April’s Singapore Open, the Pullela Gopichand protégé had only a modest US$16,597.50 to show for, the highlight of which was a semi-final appearance at the Syed Modi International in January.His prize money for the 2017 season swelled by US$131, 250.00 thanks to the Superseries triumphs.And with that, Srikanth is ahead of the two legends – Lee Chong Wei, who is at the second position with US$71, 300.00 and Lin Dan, who comes in third with US$69, 795.00.
Prior to Singapore, where Kidambi’s success began in mid-April, he had only won US$16,597.50 on court this year. However, that has jumped to US$147,847.50 thanks to his runner-up finish in the Lion City followed by triumphs at the prestigious BCA Indonesia Open 2017 and the ROWN GROUP Australian Open 2017
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