Unfazed by the tough draw that awaits him,ace Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap says he would look to take one match at a time at his happy hunting ground when the India Open Super Series commences in Delhi on Tuesday.
Seeded fifth in the tournament,Kashyap will be facing former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in the very first round. If the Indian Olympian manages to get past Hidayat,he is likely to face world no. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the quarterfinals.
“I have a very tough draw so I am going to take it match by match. It will be a tough first round for me. Taufiq (Hidayat) is a very tough opponent and I will be really happy to be winning against him,” Kashyap said.
“I have done well in Delhi. In the Commonwealth Games also I did well,so I just hope to continue my impressive run in the city. I am looking to enjoy the tournament and focus on playing well,” he added.
Despite achieving a career-best ranking of world no. 7,Kashyap is not satisfied as he is keen to reach the top but says it would take a lot of hard work and improvement in his game. “To reach the top,I have to work on a few things. Although my fitness level is very good…it’s my strength but I have to be more consistent. More work needs to be done as far as my technique is concerned,besides I need to strategise better,improve my rallies further and have to play attacking badminton,” Kashyap said.
“Initially,no one was watching my game but now every opponent watches my videos and comes prepared. So,I need to adapt and perfect myself in every aspect of my game. Sometimes I should be able to change my strategies quickly,” he explained.
Kashyap said the fact that he has broken into the top-10 means that he has been doing well but his aim is to win Majors and Championships and not be content with semifinal finishes. The final rounds of the prestigious Thomas and Uber Cup Badminton championship will be held in India for the first time.
India to host Thomas,Uber Cup
Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Akhilesh Das Gupta announced that India would host the finals of the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup and said it was a matter of pride for India to be hosting the finals of the two prestigious badminton tournaments. “It is a proud moment for Indian badminton. I take great pleasure in announcing that the Thomas Cup and the Uber Cup finals will be held in India for the first time ever,” said Das Gupta.
The dates are yet to be finalised. From 2014,the event will be held in a new format as the BWF has decided to do away with the preliminaries. Earlier,continental preliminaries were held at different places and 12 teams made it to the final.
However,from next year only finals will be held and the number of teams eligible to be contesting would be 16. Out of the 16,14 teams will qualify on the basis of their world rankings ,while two thers would be the holders and the hosts.