* I want to qualify for the Rio Olympics, says Kashyap.
* Drop in performance and world rankings
Parupalli Kashyap, 28, has vowed to bounce back from the 10-21, 6-21 beating he got at the hands of World No 1 Chen Long of China in a second round match in the Maybank Malaysia Open Super Series Premier on Thursday.
The Indian was quick to admit that he did not expect such a thrashing although he has beaten the Chinese ace only once in six meetings. Giving no excuses for his demoralising defeat as he contemplates pulling out from next week’s Singapore Open because of injury he sustained while playing against K. Srikanth in the India Open GP Gold in January (also known as Syed Modi Interntional GP Gold)..
“I won the Indian title but I also suffered a tear in my abdomen during the final. I have not fully recovered from this injury but I did not expect to go out in such manner,” said the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
Kashyap wrote Indian badminton history when he won India’s first ever badminton gold in the men’s singles after 32 years. Previous winners were Prakash Padukone (1978) and Syed Modi (1982). Kashyap beat Singapore’s Dereck Wong 21-14, 11-21, 21-19 in the final in Glasgow.
“I needed the win (in the India Open GP Gold) to send a message to my critics that my badminton career is far from over. I may have lost badly in the Malaysia Open but it has only motivated me. I know there is lot of hard work to be doen to resuurect my badminton career.
“Due to the injury my fitness is not up to the level. I have to work that and also regain my confidence. I have to to decide if I will play in the Singapore Open…will give myself a couple of days and see how it goes.
“My game has dipped and so has my world rankings (World No 17 in the latest ranking list issued by the BWF) a drop of four places. but there is still a lot of time for the Olympics and I am confident of going to Rio,”
His best was World No 6 in 2013.
Thanks to the dip in performance and world rankings,Kashyap has taken it upon himself to stop the slide and resurrect his badminton career.