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Hyderabad, Nov 24: Kidambi Srikanth, the newly-crowned China Open champion, returned here in the early hours of Monday to a warm welcome by his coach, relatives and friends. The shuttler was received by officials from Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, his parents and friends at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport around 1 a.m. Also Read - Denmark Open Badminton 2020: India's Kidambi Srikanth Storms Into Quarterfinals

The youngster, who arrived from Hong Kong, said he was excited to win the China Open. “I never thought that I could win the title beating Lin Dan,” he said. Srikanth dedicated the victory to his parents and coach Pullela Gopichand. Also Read - Denmark Open 2020: India's Kidambi Srikanth Beats Toby Penty to Enter 2nd Round

Srikanth created history by becoming the first Indian male shuttler to bag a Super Series Premier title. He defeated two-time Olympic Champion and five-time World Champion Dan in the final played Nov 16. The 21-year-old from Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, however, lost to reigning World Champion Chen Long of China in Hong Kong Open semifinal.

Photo Credits: Kidambi Srikanth Facebook Page