The victory against Chen Long was one of my best: Parupalli Kashyap
- Parupalli Kashyap talks about his win over Chen Long, his quest for a Superseries win and talks about the qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
While he may have bowed out in the semifinals of the Indonesia Open last week, India’ s Parupaalli Kashyap pulled off a major win in the quarterfinals , when he defeated World No.1 Chen Long in 3 games.
Speaking about the win, the 28-year-old rated it as one of his best and added that the previous time when he beat the Chinese he couldn't relate to the win then.
"I rate it as one of my best wins. I had beaten Chen in Indonesia in 2012, but the game has changed a lot since then and our games have improved.So, I was not able to relate to the previous win. I was a bit confused as to how to approach this game.
“I was not able to open up at the start, but slowly, I got into a good rhythm.I have been playing well and I was feeling good about my game.I was attacking and he was also giving it all. It was a tight match and I am happy to have beaten him,” Kashyap said in an interview to Mail Today.
Kashyap also admitted that although the victory was a morale-booster for him, he didn't think too much about it as he had a semi final coming up.
"I did not want to ponder on that match and my immediate focus was on the semi-final. Beating a player like him has of course been a morale booster,” the Hyderabadi said.
If I remain consistent, the rankings will take of themselves: Kashyap
He also added that he had been advised by several former players to not think too much about winning a Superseries title and further felt that he didn't capitalize on his chances in the semifinal against Kento Momota of Japan.
"Many senior players told me that I am a better player and that I should stop thinking too much about winning a Super Series title. I have been saying how badly I want to win a Super Series title and I think it is round the corner. This time too, after beating Chen Long and dominating the semifinal match against Kento Momota and leading 19-16 in the decider, I should have won. So it was disappointing," he said.
When enquired about the qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Kashyap said he wished to deliver consistent performances and if he does so, then the rankings would be taken care of.
“It (Olympic qualification) is a one-year period and I do not want to plan now. If I am consistent, the rankings would be taken care of. What is more important is to maintain this form. Many players disappear quickly. I am happy that I have been able to stay here for a long time. But you cannot take anything for granted at this level and prepare hard for the next tournament,” he concluded.Published 09 Jun 2015, 19:26 IST