Srikanth feels positive ahead of Jakarta

Indian badminton world number three Kidambi Srikanth is hoping to get back to form at the World Championships in Jakarta on Monday.

Unfortunately for the Indian shuttler he has had a drop in form recently after his meteoric rise into the top-five in the space of nine months.

In a chat with The Times of India, the 22-year-old Srikanth said that his recent losses were not a bad thing because it meant that he has worked on improving his game.  

"It was not that I played bad. In fact, many of them were close matches. Also, my opponents studied my game. 

It is good that I lost before an important event like the Worlds. 

"They were good learning experiences for me; we do tend to learn from mistakes," said Srikanth. 

The world No. 3 added that he does not come into matches with a planned strategy but reacts to how his opponent is playing.

"When I am on court it's me and my opponent. I will react according to the situation. I know how to tackle them and I get help from my coaches. 

“We practiced very hard and strictly followed the schedule prepared by Gopi bhayya. He is there to take care of everything," he said.

Srikanth, who has been drawn to face Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the quarter-finals, knows that the draw is a tough one for him but is not overly perturbed by what needs to be done.

"For me it's a tough draw. But it's a waste of time to think about it as in a tournament like Worlds the draw is bound to be tough. 

“Despite not being on the circuit for eight months, Chong Wei is still one of the best in the world," he added.