Coaches expect Srikanth to do well

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Srikanth burst into the spotlight with his China Open victory over Lin Dan at the China Open last year, and since then he has risen to number four in the world.

Srikanth's childhood coach Sudhakar Reddy and his current coach Pullela Gopichand both expect big things of the badminton ace this year as he builds to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Gopichand and Reddy were quoted by Forbes India discussing the player's meteoric rise in 2014 and what they expect from him in the coming months.

Gopichand said: "His biggest quality is that he isn't afraid to play big matches despite going through some early exits in his career.

"He has an unorthodox game in terms of strokes. That keeps his opponents on their toes all the time.

"This is a crucial year in that sense. My advice for him would be to put his head down and work hard. There might be a few hitches on the way, but that's a minor thing. Hard work overcomes everything."

Reddy added: "He'll be 22 at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Hundred percent, he will win a medal. He has lots of time. If not, hundred percent in Tokyo 2020."

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