Anup Sridhar reaches career-best world ranking

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Anup Sridhar.
Anup Sridhar.

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BANGALORE: Anup Sridhar — India’s No. 1 badminton player — has now reached a career-high World ranking of 25 as per the latest IBF list.

Sridhar, who is back in Bangalore after his training stint in Aarhus (Denmark) had to be cut short, was pleased with the improved ranking. But, he said: “I had no points to defend last year and all these points came during this season.”

Sridhar was, however, disappointed that his training programme with Team Denmark Academy at Aarhus did not run the full course as he was forced to return home with an inflammation in the right heel.

In a chat with The Hindu, he said: “It has been there for the past three or four years and ever since I went to Denmark last month, the heel had been acting up. Once the heel is inflamed the whole arch gets affected making movement difficult.”

Sridhar said taking treatment at Aarhus was time consuming. “I thought it was better to come back, get treated at home and then start training again. I spoke to my coaches here — Prakash Padukone and Vimal Kumar — before deciding to return. Maybe after I get better I can hope for a prolonged training stint at Aarhus.”

The Indian ace played three tournaments in Europe — the Bitborger Open, Dutch Open and Danish Open. He made it to the last 16 in the first two, but lost in the first round in the third.

Sridhar said that he had received valuable tips from the legendary Morten Frost. “He suggested a few corrections and I will work on them.”

His first priority, however, was to get fit. “I have been undergoing physiotherapy at the Dynatron Centre here. The ultimate solution is to find a right insole which can offset the problem. I am also toying with the idea of taking cortisone injection if things don’t improve. But that is basically to reduce the pain and I have to consult my doctor,” he added.

Current rankings:

Men: Anup Sridhar (25); Chetan Anand (39); Anand Pawar (94); Nikhil Kanetkar (101); Arvind Bhat (123); P. Kashyap (138); Ajay Jayaram (155); Ravinder Singh (216); Ajit Wijetilak (230); C.M. Shashidhar (258); Rohan Castelino (276) and Thomas Kurian (373).

Women: Saina Nehwal (25); Trupti Murgunde (79); Aditi Mutatkar (125); Shruti Kurian (125); Jwala Gutta (142); Gayatri Vartak (215) and Aparna Balan (240).

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