Top-10 ranking would fetch good draw: Prannoy

Top-10 ranking would fetch good draw: Prannoy

India's number two men's singles player H S Prannoy feels a high ranking would help players avoid meeting top shuttlers in early rounds, while conceding that the primary focus should be on the winning big events.

"After a certain period it's not about rankings but about winning tournaments. But a lot relies on rankings. If you need a good draw in major tournaments you need to be ranked in the top ten. Otherwise you will run into the top seed in the first or second round and that will dampen your spirits," said Prannoy here on Friday.

"If you are lucky to be in top 8 and if you have the luxury to skip tournaments here and there, you should do it. You should then look at the big picture, focus on training for the big tournaments,"  Prannoy said on the sidelines of  a Premier Badminton League press briefing here.

He was responding to a query about  badminton great Prakash Padukone's recent comment on the matter.

"I always maintain that while ranking is important it's not the only thing. The focus should be on winning the important tournaments like the All England, World Championships, Olympics and Super Series finals.

"You should try to peak during these periods and accordingly plan your schedule. It doesn't matter if in the bargain your ranking goes down for one week," Prakash had said.

On the season that's coming to an end, Prannoy said the victories in the initial part were a big confidence-booster.

"The start was crucial. A couple of wins here and there gives lot of confidence. It was the same for (K) Srikanth too. My performance in the Indonesian and US Opens gave me a lot of confidence and it has carried on till the China Open."

He credited Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo for  providing players with the  extra push during the training.

"He's made a lot of difference. He's positive with a lot of experience with a lot of top players and knows what's to be done. He's very much into training with you on court for 3-4 hours and gives a push when we are tired. That (extra) push needs to be done. He has been able to do it with all the players and been able to communicate from June much more with all of us."

Conceding he needed to be more consistent in his performance, Prannoy  believes  he had improved in this aspect.

"It's tough because in Super Series events we are playing against the best continuously. I am happy with the way I have improved my consistency level but a lot of work is still to be done in that department. I need to win a few Super Series events," Prannoy said.


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