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    I am looking to break into the top-20″


    http://www.sportskeeda.com/2013/01/0...to-the-top-20/


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    How do you rate your performances in 2012? The start of the year was up and down. I lost a couple of early rounds in the Superseries. I was injured at the nationals, but later on I believed in myself and my training. From the China Open onwards I had good results. At Macau, beating (Dionysius) Rumbaka and Chan Yan Kit were very good wins. And winning the Tata Open and against Chen Yu at the Macau Open, it was a good match, I had my chances in both games. Now Ive got the rhythm right. I know exactly what I need to do. Whatever training I did for the last six months has started working. Initially, I didnt get good results although I was playing well. I reached the round of 16 at the Singapore Open, where conditions are difficult, with a lot of drift.

    Its been up and down, but I trusted my training and now Im getting results. I hope to continue the same way. My ranking is good at 38, and I will look to get into the top 20. Im sure I can do it, because in the last couple of years Ive beaten Du Pengyu, Boonsak Ponsana, Kashyap and Dionysius Rumbaka. I definitely have a chance, but I should do it quickly. I feel being in top-20 is the biggest challenge in your career. Top-20 is not easy. Everyone from 30 to 50 is at the same level. You need a lot of patience, need to work really hard. It took Kashyap and Ajay (Jayaram) a long time to get there. Everyone is doing well now Kashyap, Prannoy, Sai Praneeth, K Srikanth we all have the potential to be in top 20.


    When you reached the semifinals of the World Juniors in 2008, you said you needed to improve your power and strength. Have you managed to achieve that? The strength has improved over the last couple of years; thats how Im able to survive. I was lacking in strength earlier. For my kind of body, I need to keep training on my strength. Its most important for me. I dont have to worry about my endurance if I work on my strength. Another increase in 10-15 per cent would help a lot, because you beat one good player and in the quarters youll face another good player; thats where you need a lot of strength.

    How would you define your game and what do you need to work on? Mostly counter-attacking. I need to be consistent every day. That comes in practice, every day without making errors, playing at that pace, thats more important. Thats showing the results. Thats what Ive been doing.

    Is it difficult to motivate yourself day after day? Sometimes, yeah but now the sessions are such that everyone is so well focused. Its like a business going on. Its purely business. You have to do it for yourself, for the country. No one is fooling around (at the academy). Even if you feel like fooling around, you dont feel like spoiling anything there.

    Since there are five-six of you at the same level, is there a fear that the others might get better than you? Thats always there, because the juniors are doing well: Srikanth has come up; even Sai (Praneeth), Prannoy and Sourabh are my juniors. But you have to accept that Indian badminton is doing better than seven-eight years ago. When I was a junior, I caught up with Kashyap. You need to push harder, thats the only way you can be better than them.

    What hobbies do you have? On weekends, I go home and spend time with my family. I love to spend time with my cousins. Sometimes we go to movies. At the academy, we all love to play cricket if its a light training day.

    Its like that there is no escape from Cricket even for badminton players in India..


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    Though he lost to LCW in the R16 , i am mesmerized by this small, thin boy for capturing a game and pushing LCW to his fullest to win the match.

    He has improved a lot after some early losses in earliest tournaments. I hope for him to have a better performance in his future tournaments when he play LCW again . Really hats off to him. Almost i forgot him as he continuously disappointed me. But not anymore. He is 23 now. He has age in his hands. He need to strengthen his body. He is so lean and powerless when compared to ChenLong and all other chinese players. He need to concentrate on his base qualities before handling top players.

    I wish to watch the recorded video of him playing LCW in this AUstralian Open. But not available. Hope to get that soon from some of our australian BC friends here. I wish RMV a very good year ahead and prove his talents in front of many indian youngsters like H.S.Prannoy , K.Srikanth and many others who are ready to take his place soon or later.
    Last edited by scorpion1; 04-05-2013 at 07:52 AM.

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