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'Mature' Kashyap setting short term goals

Last updated on: August 8, 2012 13:47 IST

'Mature' Kashyap setting short term goals

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Parupalli Kashyap, who surprised all and sundry by reaching the quarter-finals of the badminton men's singles event at the London Olympics, is disappointed to return empty-handed from London but said the experience has made him more mature as a shuttler.

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Though not touted as a big medal hope, Kashyap played his heart out at the London Games and became the first Indian male shuttler to reach the quarter-finals at the Olympics, where he lost to world No. 2 and eventual silver medallist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

"I have learnt a lot of things from the Olympics. I have become mature as a player now. Before the Olympics, I did not have big expectations. I was an underdog but after the first round, I felt I can win a medal here. I can beat anyone on my day," he said after returning to Hyderabad from London.

"I felt really bad that I lost a chance to win a medal (for India). I was disappointed but at the end of the day it was great learning experience," he said.


Image: P Kashyap
Photographs: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters

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'I am not thinking too far ahead'

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Kashyap said he was in good form going into the Olympics in the wake of his success over World No 3 Chen Long in the Indonesia Open in June this year.

He said though he won the first match at the London Games comfortably, the second match was not a cake walk and he had to remain focused and play according to a sound strategy.

Putting the past behind, Kashyap is now determined to put up a good show in the upcoming Super Series events and other tournaments.

"I have been in good form for the last two months. I am setting short-term goals. I want to continue this form in Japan and China (Super Series events) in a month's time. I am very aware of it," the 25-year-old Hyderabadi said.

"And talking about long-term goals you have the All England Championship, next year's World Championship in China. In two year's time, you also have the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. But I am not thinking too far," Kashyap signed off.


Image: P Kashyap
Photographs: Saurabh Das/AP

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