Indian badminton player Sourabh Verma says that it was his great execution of plans which helped him settle his second national title. However, he needs to work hard to challenge the best in the world at All England Championship next month.
When asked by media PTI, Sourabh said “I am really happy to win my second National title. It has been a great week for me. I was able to focus and perform well and also recover well after the matches. I guess my execution was good and so I was rewarded.”
Madhya Pradesh, 24-years-old said that the matches were not easy, he said “It was not easy, I was aware that I can’t let my guard down against these youngsters, who are very talented and eager to win. So I prepared for each match and always was on my toes to execute my plans.”
He said about being left on the sidelines due to a series of injuries; he said “I have been playing well. Even last week at Lucknow I lost the match against Sai Praneeth from a good position. So I was just telling myself that I don’t make the same mistakes. I think I’m in good shape in terms of fitness and form right now.”
“But I think I have to really work on my overall game and get some high-level training to be in my best shape for the hectic upcoming schedule. International tournaments are a different level and I will have to work harder for the All England and Swiss Open, which I am playing next,” he added.
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Sourabh is doing well till 2014, however, after December he got injured his elbow and also knee. The 2011 National Champion, Sourabh is planning to set in top 30 by June. “I really need to be consistent and will be targeting atleast the quarter-finals so that I can reach World No. 30 before June. Beside, the other international events, India Open also is an event where I want to do well. It is there on my radar.”
“I really need to be consistent and will be targeting atleast the quarter-finals so that I can reach World No. 30 before June. Beside, the other international events, India Open also is an event where I want to do well. It is there on my radar.”
Sourabh said about his experience to defeat Lakshya Sen, “I had played him at the Syed Modi, so I had an idea about his style of game. I accordingly planned against him and took it as just another match.”
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“The way Lakshya Sen played the whole tournament, beating the likes of H S Prannoy and Harsheel Dani, I think it is great for Indian badminton. He is a good player with great defence and offence. His rally game and dribble and half smashed are some of his plus points.”