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2017 has been a watershed year for Indian badminton

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2017 has seen greater performances from the Indian shuttlers as 13 major titles have been won by seven different players, Never in the past had so many Indian players figured among the winners’ circle, Gopichand changed the landscape of badminton but the Dronacharya awardee is yearning for more.
If Saina Nehwal’s hat-trick of titles in 2010 was the catalyst which propelled Indian badminton to a different plane, 2017 has proved to be a watershed year for the sport as Kidambi Srikanth led the boys’ victory parade with four Super Series titles in a calendar year. Since 2010, the sport has witnessed a spiralling success rate every year. The Olympic medal came in 2012 with Saina’s bronze and a podium finish at the World Championships became a regular feature thereafter. Sindhu’s Olympic silver at the 2016 Olympic Games catapulted the game to new heights of popularity. However, 2017 has seen greater performances from the Indian shuttlers as 13 major titles have been won by seven different players, apart from PV Sindhu’s silver and Saina’s bronze at the World Championships. Sindhu’s one hour 50-minute marathon against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the Worlds final will go down in history as an epic encounter.

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