Badminton Chetan Anand is confident of making a fruitful comeback

He was ranked world no. 12 in 2010. Three years down the line, 32-year-old Chetan Anand is on yet another comeback trail after being out of action for close to one year due to an ankle injury. This four-time national champion is keen to make a critical analysis as to where he stands by competing in the All India Senior ranking tournament at Pullela Gopi Chand Academy later this week. “I have no big expectations and targets like breaking into the top 10 in the world. I am confident of putting up a good show and it all depends on how well I play after a long break,” he says in a chat.“What has happened is past. It is time to look ahead both in life and in sport.” Wife Sharada will compete in the doubles section in the same event.

“I feel that if I had got the opportunities and the kind of support the current crop of youngsters are getting, things would have been much better. But you never know, you might have also been injured because of the workload. I have set a target of breaking into the top 60 or 70 within six months (right now he is ranked above 100). The challenge comes from within. I should think I can do it.”

Chetan Anand who at his best is still a treat for the eyes, is contented having lasted almost 16 years in international circuit.

V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

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