Kidambi Srikanth has widened the lead atop the BWF prize money chart for 2017. The top prize money earner for the year in the process of winning the prestigious Denmark Open Super Series Premier has also surpassed the proverbial US $200,000 milestone.
As the men’s singles champion, the 24-year-old rising Indian star has pocketed the winner’s purse of US $56,250 (INR 36, 57, 235). This takes his total prize money revenue from the season to $2.06 lakh (INR 1.34 crore). Srikanth entered the Denmark Open as the leading earner of the year with consolidated earnings of $149,797 (INR 97,36,000).
In run-up to the Dubai World Series Finals, Srikanth potentially has three more majors – French Open starting on Tuesday (Winner’s purse $24,375), China Open from 14 to 19 November (Winner’s purse $52,500) and the Hongkong Open from November 21 (Winner’s prize $30,000). Then comes the grand prize of the US$1 million Dubai World Series finals. This will give in-form Srikanth an opportunity to finish the year potentially with a total income of up to US $350,000.
Financial turnaround for Srikanth started with the April 11-16 Singapore Open where he added US$ 13,300 to his till then aggregate prize money earnings of US$16,597.50 (approximately Rs 10 lakh) for the year. Then came US$ 75,000 and US$ 56,250 winners purses at the Indonesia Open and Australian Open Super Series events respectively.
Srikanth has now also established a virtually unassailable lead over the Lee Chong Wei ($83,650) and Lin Dan ($71,745). His current prize purse is almost 110% more than the Malaysian Chong Wei and more than 200% of the Chinese great.
Interestingly, top three singles players in the women’s highest prize money earners for the year, Tai Tzu Ying ($135,225), Nozomi Okuhara ($97,912), and PV Sindhu ($93,212.50) happen to be the next best after Srikanth in overall prize money revenues for 2017.