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Sridhar confident of doing well at Beijing

New Delhi, Jul 28 (UNI) Despite being dogged by injuries in recent times, Indian badminton ace Anup Sridhar confident of a good performance at the Beijing Olympics.

''My previous injuries don't really play on my mind, I have learnt to understand my body and to have it in control. Currently, I am in the best physical shape of my life so that gives me a lot of confidence,'' Sridhar said.

The 25-year-old shuttler, who has been handed a tough draw for the Games, is focuusing more on improving his own game than on his opponents.

''I am not focusing too much on the draw. I have my task cut out for me as every player is going to be playing at high intensity at the Olympics regardless of ranking or previous record,'' Sridhar maintained.

''My first encounter is against Portugal's Marco Vasconcelos who I haven't played before so I'll be speaking with some of my fellow players at the Academy to know more about his style of play before I leave,'' he added ''The others in my quarter of the draw - Shoji Sato, Peter Gade and Lin Dan - are all high quality players. I've played Sato and Lin Dan a number of times before and have a good sense of their games. If I play at my best, I am reasonably confident that I will do well.'' When asked about his chances for a medal, the Bangalore boy declined to make tall claims.

''To keep things in perspective and stay focused, I am aiming to treat it like any other major tournament. As my approach, I want to just take it one match at a time and aim for good results at each stage,'' Sridhar said.


Story first published: Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 15:17 [IST]
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