ifteen-year-old Kudaravalli Sri Krishna Priya has already caught the attention of the chief national coach Pullela Gopi Chand. Not because she created a sensation of sorts in the national badminton scene but for the combination of talent, grit and determination. In the eight months since she joined the Gopi Chand Academy, Krishna Priya is already being touted as one of the emerging talents from the now-famous stable of badminton players in Gachibowli.
“Sure, she has the spark and the ability to go a long way if only she keeps working hard and aims big. She is another example of the impact of the performances of Saina and Sindhu on the young girls. It is good for the sport itself,” says Gopi on the young shuttler, who won a ‘double’ winning the under-17 and under-19 singles titles in the just-concluded Hyderabad District Badminton Championship.
For her part, the Intermediate first year student of St. Ann’s College (Mehdipatnam), first trained by Mohd. Ali in Kukatpally before going to Fateh Maidan Indoor Stadium where she picked up a few more basics from veteran coach S. M. Arif and SAAP coach Goverdhan Reddy. Her parents - K. Srinivas and Madhavi -- are game to support her interest to their fullest extent. “It is still a long way to go. But the two recent titles boosted my confidence. I still have to work on my movements and develop mental strength. I have to be more aggressive ,” exclaims Krishna Priya.
It is still a long way to go. But the two recent titles boosted my confidence. My dream is to play for the country one day
Sri Krishna Priya
After winning two titles recently, the 15-year-old is being touted as an emerging talent from Gopi Chand Academy