Winning super series best preparation for 2010 CWG: Jwala

Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 11:40

New Delhi: As a successful but physically
draining year draws to a close, one half of Indian badminton`s
most formidable mixed doubles pair Jwala Gutta is now aiming
for a Super Series title in the new season to ensure a good
build-up to the Commonwealth Games here.

Jwala, who along with V Diju won the Chinese Taipei Grand
Prix Gold besides making the finals of Indian Open and the
season-ending World Super Series finals, reckons 2010 would be
hectic.

"2010 is going to be really busy and hectic and we have
the Commonwealth Games also in India. We are excited and
proud to represent our country but having said that, we don`t
want to think so much ahead as it is still a long way to go.
Also to perform well in the CWG we will have to concentrate on
the other tournaments next year," Jwala told reporters.

"So the focus will be on performance and raising the game
with each match we play and in the process winning at least
one or two Super Series tournaments," she added.
Still recovering from a skin infection, Jwala said she
had a tough time playing the World Super Series Masters Final
in Malaysia due to the ailment and wants to take some time off
from the court to regain her fitness for the next season.

"I had a really tough time playing in the World Super
Series Masters Finals as I was not well. I was advised
complete bed rest for 3-4 weeks but I still went to Malaysia.
So, I was very weak," said Jwala, who was forced to pull out
midway in the first round of the China Super Series because of
the ailment.

"During the first match we played (in Malaysia) I was
shivering. But despite that we played well and reached the
semifinal. I never expected ourselves to reach the semis and
after that when we reached the finals, it was an amazing
feeling.

"I am still not fit. I`m taking antibiotics. So I need to
rest and then train for 3-4 weeks to regain my fitness," she
added.

Asked if the she and Diju have set any ranking targets
for next season, Jwala said the aim would be to perform well
and not bother about the rankings.

"I think me and Diju, Saina (Nehwal) and Chetan (Anand)
have reached a stage where we should just focus on performance
and not think about the ranking. But if you ask me where we
want to see ourself, it has to be within the top 5 by the next
year end. But it is going to be tough," Jwala said.

Asked how she rates the year gone by, the 26-year-old
Hyderabadi said it was certainly one of the best of her
career.

"It was good year. Our hard work really paid off. We won
a tournament and reached the finals of two and also made it to
the quarters a couple of times. It was an amazing year and I
can never forget how wonderful it has been.”

"Yes, I know we could have won some tournaments,
especially the last tournament but we don`t want to think
about it as I know we will get another chance," said Jwala,
who along with Diju reached the quarter-finals of the World
Badminton Championship in Hyderabad in August.

The duo had won the Bitburger Open and Bulgarian Open
last year.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 11:40
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