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V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM
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Badminton Chetan Anand is confident of making a fruitful comeback

Badminton duoChetan Anand and SharadaPhoto: V.V. Subrahmanyam
Badminton duoChetan Anand and SharadaPhoto: V.V. Subrahmanyam

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.

Happily married now to doubles player Sharada Goverdhani, Chetan still stands out as practical and simple human being. “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. I don’t want to ponder on that. It is time to look ahead both in life and in sport,” he adds after another grinding session under the watchful eyes of coach S.M. Arif at Fateh Maidan Indoor Stadium.

Interestingly, Sharada will also 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,” the elegant shuttler says. “But, again, you never know, you might have also been injured because of the workload,” he points out.

“Realistically, I have set a target of breaking into the top 60 or 70 within six months (right now he is ranked above 100). The biggest challenge for me comes from within. I should think I can do it, though it would not be that easy to compete with the young talent around,” he stresses.

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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