New Delhi: Parupalli Kashyap is now a relaxed man after clinching his maiden Grand Prix gold title last week and with the new season approaching, the top Indian shuttler has set his eyes on wining a super series title in the coming year.
The maiden international title of his career at the Syed Modi India Open catapulted Kashyap to world number 14 today and the 26-year-old from Hyderabad is now looking forward to breaking into the top 10 next year.
"I want to do well in All England and World Championship next year, that is the main target and also want to win a super series. I have made this crazy resolution of winning a few super series next year," he told PTI in an interview.
The year gone by has been good for Kashyap as he became the first Indian male shuttler to reach quarterfinals in Olympics at the London Games and the world number 14 ranking at the year end made it more memorable.
"I`m happy with the way 2012 went but of course it could have been better. Last few tournaments I had good draws and I was also in good form. If I could have played Hong Kong and Macau without injury, I would have been top 10 now. But still it is a big jump, so I am happy," Kashyap said.
Kashyap is recovering from an abdominal strain which he first suffered during the Hong Kong Open but relapsed during the Syed Modi tournament.
"Before the tournament I was okay, but during the event I felt the pain once again. The doctors have said that a couple of days more rehabilitation and I should be fine," Kashyap said.
The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Indian reckons that London Olympics gave him huge confidence boost.
"Olympics made a big impact to my confidence. I am feeling very confident after this win and I have to maintain this. It is going to be more tough and I have to be more precise and more hard working in training," he said.
2012 has also been a ground breaking year for rising shuttler P V Sindhu, who reached her career-best ranking of world number 19 today.
"I am happy. Overall it has been a good year. I could not win two finals so that are negatives but I am happy that after the knee injury during Senior Nationals, I came back and ended the year with a runners up title in Syed Modi," said Sindhu, who won the Asia Youth Under-19 Championship in July and broke into the top 20 in September.
"I am playing Korea and Malaysia in January. I need to work hard and concentrate on my performance and that will also help me to reach higher ranking. I want to focus on attaining consistency and take a short at the top 10 bracket next year," she said.
Sindhu, who had finished runners-up in Senior Nationals as well in Srinagar, said she needs to work on her overall game to be consistent.
"All the senior players, I will meet them regularly now and I need to change my game according to the situation to beat them. I am not weak on any particular aspect of my game but I have to work harder," said the 17-year-old.