first_img“These two tournaments are really important. If I gain “These two tournaments are really important. If I gain some points and come back into top eight, comparatively I will get an easier draw. There will be 16 seeds. Seeds 5-8 will play seeds 1-4 only in the quarters, while 9-16 will play in the pre quarters. Thats why its important,” Srikanth said.”I have played too many tournaments over the last five-six months. Now is the time not to play too many tournaments. After these two tournaments, I will have nearly seven-to-eight weeks break. Thats the time I will train for the Olympics.”I want to keep my body fit. I now have three-and-a-half weeks break. Its a very good time (to rest and train) as in the last 4-6 months I never got four weeks of training. I am thinking to do the physical aspects now to keep me fit for the Olympics,” he said. Srikanth has beaten top players like Lin Dan, Tommy Sugiarto and Lee Chong Wei in the Indian Badminton League.According to the shuttler, though there was very little to choose when it came to the top 20 rankers, it was always difficult to play against the top three. “Its kind of more open now. The top 20 are at the same level and it depends on who is mentally strong and who plays with better strategy on a particular day. “Its always tough to play the top three players — Chen Long, Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan. They have so much experience, they have played in these tournaments before and they know how to handle pressure. Need to have the believe as all three have lost many matches.”advertisementSrikanth feels his aggressive style of play is his strong point, but at the same time he wanted to unravel the mystery of winning close matches after losing a few recently.”My attacking style is one of my biggest strengths. In the last five matches, I had lost two matches in close finishes. I just need to find out a way to pull out these close matches.”I made some crucial mistakes and at times chose the wrong strokes to execute,” he said in a candid self-assessment. PTI SSR SDL CM BASlast_img read more

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