Kidambi Srikanth : The biggest challenge for me these days is to maintain fitness

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Kidambi Srikanth : The biggest challenge for me these days is to maintain fitness

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SportsCafe Desk

06/17/2018

India’s highest ranked men's badminton player - Kidambi Srikanth - has revealed that his primary focus over the past few months has been to stay in shape and avoid injuries of any sort. Srikanth added that he remains focused on winning a gold medal at the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta.

Kidambi Srikanth has endured a roller-coaster of a year since the start of 2017, as Kidambi and partner Sai Praneeth created history when they became the first ever Indian pair to enter the finals of a ranking event in Badminton. Srikanth continued his sensational form last season when he clinched four Super Series titles - French Open, Denmark Open, Australian Open and Indonesian Open, which made him only the fourth player in Badminton history to do so.

After reaching a career-best ranking of two, Srikanth managed to become India’s highest ranked badminton player when he claimed the top spot, albeit for a few weeks, earlier this year. However, the 25-year old shuttler revealed that although he was happy with his performance on the court in recent years, his number one concern at the moment was to avoid injuries.

"The biggest challenge for me these days is to maintain my fitness. I actually have issues with both my ankles. After the Olympics I had issues with my right ankle but last year I hurt my left ankle at the Nationals. So I have to be more careful before I plan my tournaments. So staying away from injury, that is what I am trying to do.

"Going forward there are 4-5 tournaments which are important this year, so the idea is to play at my 100 percent in all of them, without getting injured," said Srikanth to PTI sources.

Srikanth will be under pressure this year to repeat last year’s feat and winning those four title’s once again if not more. But the lad from Andhra Pradesh claimed that his major focus was to perform well in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.

"I am not worried about matching last year's performances because for me this year there are very few tournaments which I am actually thinking to do well. In January, I set myself a couple of goals. One of them was the medal at the Commonwealth Games, and the next goal is to win a medal at Asian Games, because these two tournaments are really big and you don't get to play every year. So Asian Games is what I am really focused on.

"There are of course some other tournaments which are important like the World Championship, though you have it every year but being a world champion is a different thing. So there are many events which are big and for me the target is to be just my best for these events," Srikanth added.

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