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29 Jun, 2018
Intense, strong willed and determined, we spotted Asmita with
her coach as she mindfully heeded to him and jumped sideward to warm up before
her final match at the All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament. Slicking
her pixie hair back, her chiselled face and passion burning in her eyes was
enough to get us hooked. After an engrossing match that witnessed an array of
wonderful smashes, drop shots and high intensity agility, Asmita deserved to
win the title, to say the least.
Now that the ace shuttler will be representing India at
the Asian Games in Indonesia, Jakarta with the entire Indian Badminton
battalion, our editor spoke to the emerging star Asmita. Here’s an exclusive interview
with the women’s singles winner Chaliha.
GB: You lost the game to Sai Uttejita at the All India
Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament, Bangalore, how did you make a winning
comeback in Hyderabad series?
AC: Well, I was playing smooth, without any pressure. I
was going with the flow and enjoying my game throughout. Sai Uttejita is indeed
a great player and she won the Bangalore tournament as well, but perhaps it was
GB: What was your strategy on-court against Uttejita?
AC: I was playing downwards, and my strategy was primarily
attacking the opponent. I believe my forehand, cross and smash is the forte,
just working to enhance it even more for the upcoming tournaments.
GB: Do you think badminton is picking up in the North-Eastern
AC: Yes, of course. Badminton is becoming popular all
over the country, I feel. With efficient coaching, academies and passionate
players in sight. I am trained by the Indonesian coach Edwin Irawin and Assamese
coach Suranjan Bhaboora.
GB: Who was your toughest rivalry in the All India senior
Ranking Badminton Tournament?
AC: Akarshi Kashyap was my toughest opponent.
GB: What is your primary focus for the upcoming Asian
AC: To perform and give my best. I will improve my skills
and learn from the experienced and talented badminton players. Titles do matter
but learning is gold. I’m very motivated to look forward.
GB: Any shortcoming or challenge you are intimidated of?
AC: I’m presently having a
shin bone injury which might take some time to get healed. Hoping to recover