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I’d beaten Aparna Popat that time. she’d been winning everything and I was 16 and I was doing well in women’s singles I always believed I understood the game of doubles and could play with anybody in the camp And the results came immediately; in 2003 I won the Asian Satellite in Bangalore So I started winning very early internationally V Diju and me the first year we played in 2005 we won our first tournament Diju and me are the first and only Indian pair to reach semis of (Korea) Super Series We beat the English to win silver at the Commonwealth Games team championships It was incredible playing with Diju he made it easy for me He was very understanding and nice guy I really miss him as a person He’s definitely my favourite partner I’m emotionally attached to him we were juniors when we were paired and grew up together He’ll always have a special place in my heart What made you good at doubles Specifically I was very good at serving and receiving very important in doubles I’m the only one who serves forehand service I was a very creative player I created lot of strokes which nobody expected me to I was a very good observer – used to plan and figure weaknesses of opponents quickly and I had to deal with two of them not just one I was very good at the net and at the back from where you have to smash in a specific way that the next shuttle will go to my partner I was good at analysing the whole planning of a rally Basically I understood the whole point of doubles the coordination I can play with anybody today if I just pick up the racquet In between aisa bhi ho gaya tha – BAI was kinda troubling me and not allowing me to play— I was gonna play with my mother Right What I didn’t have a partner so I said I’ll play with my mother at one of the national level tournaments I was pretty confident of what I had in me My mother played in her school and China is known for badminton And she played badminton and did gymnastics When she was 17-18 she came to India and in four years she got married to my dad My dad always wanted me to be sportsperson but she introduced me to badminton Why’s it tough for Indians to ace doubles I wouldn’t say there’s anything inherently lacking in speed and skills You can always develop it It’s not like the Chinese or Koreans can play doubles since the day they were born That’s the kind of encouragement and treatment they got in their country They never thought twice before picking doubles Not so sadly in India Now I was World No 6 If there was a world No 6 in singles she or he would have been taken care of completely and pushed to No 1 Was the specialist coach the missing element No I wouldn’t say coach I’ve been a very self-dependent person When Atik (Jauhari) from Indonesia came he really helped us in winning CWG gold and performing before London Olympics We of course needed a doubles specialist but after 2012 there was no doubles coach nobody talking about that and no words of encouragement on doubles Funny that the national coach doesn’t even mention our name or say he’s happy for doubles Why are you and Gopi always fighting Time and again I was thrown out of the national camp which was unnecessary First of all we don’t have any doubles pair I’m the national champ since 2000-01 and you are troubling me I was never given any explanation I kept proving myself by winning tournaments winning matches Doubles is completely different It needs different attention Singles is doing better because they are getting all the support in the world For the past 1-2 months I’m hearing about how doubles is coming up because they’ve won International Challenges I’ve set such a high benchmark so what are you trying to say; basically dushmani sirf mere se thi (enmity was just with me) I just needed encouragement I never asked for money or awards I’m your No 1 player you can’t trouble me Tell me about the pairing with Ashwini I was the No 1 doubles player whoever I chose would travel with me I chose Ashwini She was young and new to the circuit not many people knew her She looked petite but soon everybody was talking about her smashes It was a process but we got there within a year we won CWG gold in front of the home crowd When she started playing with me I used to depend on her smashes and her serve and nothing else that’s still her strength Later on because of exposure she got because she was travelling with us she got better We were in Indian team from Day One of our combination Now what are the 3 most irritating things about Gopichand as coach for you Irritating nahi I wouldn’t say irritating He just let me down When he won All England I don’t think anyone else was as happy as me or Arif Sir We were playmates we used to practice and train together We looked up to him When he came back from winning All England I went to the airport I was amongst that crowd and we were crying because we were the happiest We thought now he will encourage us now he will give us what he probably did not have You know how emotional the crowds are when we go to receive sportspeople I was there standing in crowd with everybody So where did it all go wrong I have no idea I was just a player How does it matter where I practice When I win I win for the nation – Jwala from India has won a medal Being a chief coach he should only be proud and encourage me because I am No 1 I only blame him because he was the chief coach he has played at that level If the president doesn’t know about that level of badminton it is his moral duty to teach or educate our president World No 6 ka value if chief coach doesn’t know who will know It’s very easy to say I am not to be blamed haan maine yeh nahi kiya maine woh nahi kiya. It’s much better if you encourage me.

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