V.V. Subrahmanyam

HYDERABAD: The immensely talented Taufik Hidayat is ready to entertain the fans when he gets into action in the $1,20,000 India Open badminton championship commencing at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday.

Hidayat, arguably one of the most temperamental players, insisted that if someone troubled him, he would definitely get angry.

“I think it is a normal tendency for any human being. I am Taufik Hidayat both on and off the court. I don’t see any big difference between myself and others. You can take a close look at me and make your own judgement,” said the former Olympic and World champion during a chat on Monday.

Good chance

The World No. 7 from Indonesia believes that his chances in the India Open are good as anybody else’s. “But honestly, I am here because of my contractual commitment with my sponsor (Yonex). They wanted me to play and that is why I came,” said Hidayat.

Commenting on the challenge here, Hidayat said that there are many young Indians who are really good. “Anup Sridhar, to whom I lost in the World Championship second-round match, is really good.”

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