Hyderabad: The badminton nationals, which began on Tuesday in Guwahati, got much needed boost with the likes of top Indian players PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal in the fray. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has been making efforts to make the nationals an attractive event by asking all the top players to compete in the domestic league. Their years of persuasion finally bore fruits.
However, there was disappointment in store for India’s talented doubles player Satwiksairaj Rankireddy. The lanky youngster had to miss the nationals with an injury to his chest bone – sternum fracture – he suffered off the court a few weeks ago. He is he is all set to resume the training in a week after taking a good two to three weeks of rest.
“I am a bit disappointed to miss out on the nationals. I suffered an injury a few weeks ago on my chest. It is nothing major. I was asked to take rest for three weeks. I will be beginning training in a week once I reach Hyderabad,” said Satwik who is at his native town Amalapuram.
When asked about his next assignment, the 18-year-old said that he is yet to decide. “I am not sure what tournament I am going to play next. Once I begin training, I will talk to coaches Gopi sir and Tan (Kim Her) and decide which tournament to play.”
Physio Kiran said that the fracture will take at least five to six weeks of time to heal. “Any fracture will require at least six weeks of rest. He will be out for five to six weeks. The injury happened in January. So he can resume his training in two weeks’ time,” he added.
In his absence, Satwik’s doubles partner Chirag Shetty has paired with Pranav Jerry Chopra in the men’s doubles for the National championship. But his mixed doubles Ashwini Ponnappa chose to give the tournament a miss. With Sikki Reddy also not competing in the nationals with her wedding preparations, Ashwini decided not to forge any partnership with new partners just for the sake of it. Instead, she opted to focus on training under the guidance of India’s doubles specialist coach Tan Kim Her.