Never Imagined 2 Indian Boys Would Clash In Super Series Finals: Gopichand

Rachel Hardy
April 18, 2017

He has many years ahead of him. He led 11-5 at the break and looked more and more confident as he had his eye on his first ever Super Series title. We both practiced together which made us well educated about our game and it was a very tough battle to win. I have been waiting for this for a long long time. For the first time in history, two Indians will be gunning for glory in the summit clash of a Super Series. I just could not believe it and the next thing did was I went to a spectator who was holding the National flag and wrapped it around me.

Asked how he transformed his game, Gopichand said: "He basically just worked and trained for last two months, there is nothing specific". "I obviously wasn't expecting to come this far or win the title". That feeling has always been uncomfortable in my mind. It was at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow. I had a shoulder injury, so I had to skip All England and Swiss. "I think the way I train and my fitness has improved and it helped me". The consecutive three-game points by Praneeth switched the scoreboard to shift 21-17 which led to the final game win with well-balanced performance. "And today is my day". Praneeth made it count to seal his first Super Series title when his compatriot again hit wide. But Srikanth took a four-point advantage at half stage of the game at 11-4. "I began to get back my game". He gathered many points on Praneeth's forehand with his brilliant returns. I had a good lead in the 2nd set after winning 1st but couldn't capitalize on it.

Condoling the sudden demise of BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta, Praneeth said: "My heartfelt condolences to his family". Never before 2 Indians had contested a Super Series title round. "He's the man who has done a lot for badminton".

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Srikanth continued the second game from where he left off. But what was strength became his biggest problem at the senior level as he struggled to cope with the drift and conditions in bigger halls and his fitness levels could not match global standards.

'I started really well.

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