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I thought missing Olympics is not end of the world, says Srikanth after silver at worlds

When he missed the Tokyo Video games because of a mixture of accidents and cancellation of qualifiers owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, shuttler Kidambi Srikanth stated to himself that Olympics shouldn’t be the top of the world.

He was assured that his time would come and he labored in direction of it. Now, he’s glad that his toil has paid off, proof of which is a historic world championships silver medal within the males’s singles competitors.

“Olympics… I used to be additionally upset. If you happen to take a look at it, I used to be nonetheless the highest-ranked participant from India. However, some tournaments have been speculated to occur for Olympics qualification. Practically, seven to 9 tournaments bought cancelled,” Srikanth stated on Tuesday.

“First a part of the qualification, I couldn’t play due to my harm. Second half, I used to be absolutely match. However, tournaments didn’t occur.

“2021, they stated resumption… I performed Swiss Open semifinal. I had stated I used to be feeling assured, I could make it to the Olympics. However, once more, each match bought cancelled. These issues are one thing I don’t have any management over. So, I don’t wish to speak about it.

“I felt that day that Olympics shouldn’t be the top of the world. I assumed that I’ll have my very own probabilities. I labored in direction of it. I’m simply joyful that the whole lot paid off.” Looking for to turn out to be a greater participant by engaged on his shortcomings, Srikanth stated he’ll “give attention to sustaining” his kind and health heading into a busy new yr.

The 28-year-old former world primary from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh on Sunday turned the primary Indian male shuttler to say a silver medal on the prestigious match.

On his return to the nation, Srikanth stated, “Now my solely focus is on sustaining this and to enhance additional. As a result of, All England after which Commonwealth Video games, Asian Video games are there subsequent yr. It’s a really massive yr.

“Subsequent eight to 10 months are crucial for me. So, I’m speaking to Gopi anna (coach Pullela Gopichad). I’ll attempt to work on what went improper in the previous few months.

“Regardless that I performed finals, there will certainly be some negatives, I’ve to work on to turn out to be a greater participant.”

Within the summit conflict in Spain, Srikanth, at present ranked 14th on the planet, blew leads of 9-3 and 18-16 within the two video games towards Loh Kean Yew of Singapore to see the coveted title slip out of his grasp.

The multiple-time Tremendous Sequence winner appeared fairly relaxed as he took query from the scribes right here. A world championship medal doesn’t come simple, so he has causes to be joyful.

“A really nice feeling. A really particular match for anybody. World Championship has it’s personal particular significance. To play closing of such a serious occasion, I’m very joyful.

“Subsequent yr is once more a vital yr I really feel. There isn’t any time to have a good time this win. As a result of, India Open is ranging from January 10. In March, All England is there. Then Commonwealth Video games. Then world championship, Asian Video games. So many massive occasions lined up.

“I’m simply joyful that I may peak on the appropriate time. From September, once I began taking part in tournaments, I slowly began bettering. Match by match, I may see the distinction.” He had a stellar run in 2017, securing 4 tremendous sequence titles in 5 finals. It was a uncommon feat achieved solely by the likes of Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan and Chen Lengthy in a calender yr.

Nonetheless, the yr ended with Srikanth struggling a knee harm in the course of the French Open in November, and he aggravated it on the nationwide championships.

“In the mean time, I really feel the harm part is over. I’m simply very proud of my bodily state. I’m feeling assured about the best way I’m shifting on courtroom. In the mean time, it is going to be about enchancment.” Requested what was the perfect a part of his marketing campaign in Spain,” he replied: “Total, the whole lot. I feel I simply cherished the best way I performed. My bodily situation. What I cherished probably the most was I used to be capable of be aggressive all through the match. That’s one thing that gave me immense confidence.”

Speaking about his semifinal match towards youthful compatriot Lakshya Sen, Srikanth stated, “It has been 4, 5 years since I performed a match with Lakshya. I’ve been watching his progress. He has been taking part in exceptionally properly. So, it was new for me.

“Going into the match, I actually wished to play my finest and attempt to win at any price. I gave the whole lot I’ve bought. That was one of many causes for getting so drained within the match. It was a protracted match. We each have been sort of aggressive all through.” Srikanth stated he had his probabilities within the 2017 version of the world championships however this time round, he was not anticipating a lot.

“In 2017, I assumed I had my probabilities. I assumed I’ll positively come again with a medal. It didn’t occur. On this match, I used to be on the other facet. I used to be feeling , I didn’t have any expectations on myself. It was solely about taking part in my finest. I do know that if I can play rather well, I can beat anybody.”

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