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I will now give Olympics a shot, says H S Prannoy

H S Prannoy on Sunday said the victory has renewed his Olympics hopes and he would look to come up with some good performances in next few tournaments to make a last-ditch effort to qualify for Rio Games.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:March 20, 2016, 10:45 PM IST
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I will now give Olympics a shot, says H S Prannoy
H S Prannoy on Sunday said the victory has renewed his Olympics hopes and he would look to come up with some good performances in next few tournaments to make a last-ditch effort to qualify for Rio Games. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

New Delhi: On cloud nine after clinching the Swiss Open title, shuttler H S Prannoy on Sunday said the victory has renewed his Olympics hopes and he would look to come up with some good performances in next few tournaments to make a last-ditch effort to qualify for Rio Games.

Prannoy on Sunday saw off higher ranked Marc Zwiebler of Germany 21-18 21-15 in the final in Basel to clinch the 2016 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold tournament.

"I am extremely happy to win this title. This should take me to the 20th spot in world ranking and I would like to give Olympics qualification one more effort by playing well in the next tournaments before the May deadline," Prannoy told PTI over the phone from Switzerland.

"It won't be easy because I hardly have any time to rest or practice. In a week, I will be playing at the Indian Open Super Series and then I will play the Malaysia Super Series instead of the Senior Nationals as I wanted to give myself maximum chance to qualify for Rio.

"It will be physically tough but good thing is my confidence is up after this win. I am not thinking much about these tournaments though, I just want to concentrate on the first match and then the next. Hope God helps me," added the 23-year-old, who won the Indonesia Masters Grand Prix Gold in 2014.

The last one year has not been that great for the Indian as he slipped from World No. 12 in June 2015 to World No. 27 this week. The strapping youngster had come up with some spectacular performances like defeating Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen twice at the Indian Open and Singapore Open.

But an unfortunate toe injury kept Prannoy out of action till August last. He struggled to find his groove after coming back from injury.

"Last year was tough for me as after my injury I could not play the way I wanted. I had beaten Lin Dan at the French Open but I could not continue my form and my performances were on and off. I was not playing badly, I mean I lost in three games or closely like 18-19 but something was lacking," Prannoy said.

"I wanted some win to boost my confidence, especially after the All England first round loss, I was frustrated and really wanted to do well," he added.

Talking about the final today, Prannoy said: "It was not easy though the scoreline might suggest so. We played long rallies and it was tough to sustain the level. The first game was tough but I trusted myself. I knew the conditions will be slower today. He is someone who keeps hitting back so I was prepared to play the rallies but I was getting tired. But then when I saw that he was getting more tired, I knew I have a chance.

"The first two rounds were really tough I think because my confidence was also low after All England but I somehow pulled through and the win against Rajiv (Ouseph) was very satisfying. I felt I played my best that day. The quarterfinal was very late night match but I am happy I could focus on my game," he said.

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