'Mature' Kashyap setting short term goals
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.
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.
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Photographs: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters
'I am not thinking too far ahead'
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.
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Photographs: Saurabh Das/AP