The intention is to get into the highest 40-50 to play in all main tournaments, says Sankar Muthusamy | Jobs Punch


The 19-year-old is at the moment within the 97th place within the BWF rankings.

Sankar Muthusamy received the silver medal on the World Junior Badminton Championships 2022, changing into the tenth Indian to realize the feat. The 19-year-old has been within the badminton circuit for a very long time having received a number of titles within the junior circuit. Sankar is a part of the Chennai franchise of the PBL (Premier Badminton League) and is the youngest ever to play within the league. Presently, the younger shuttler is ranked 97th, a career-best rating amongst seniors, and has additionally turn into the junior World No. 1 in 2022.

Expertise taking part in PBL

Sankar Muthusamy is a part of Chennai Superstarz and he’s the youngest debutant (15) within the historical past of PBL. He performed with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Lakshya Sen, and Gayatri Gopichand.

“My private coach is the pinnacle coach of Chennai superstars so it was fairly snug within the first few weeks. However after that, I felt snug taking part in with Satwik and Lakshya, figuring out them since 2018. Additionally, I performed towards Lee Cheuk Yiu who received the Hong Kong Tremendous Collection 500 defeating Ginting in 2019,” commented the younger man.

He continued, “Having the chance to play within the PBL is a good expertise and that too on the younger age of 16.”

Defeated Tommy Sugiarto

Sankar defeated Tommy Sugiarto, the 2014 BWF World Championship bronze medalist, after dropping the primary set on the BWF Vietnam Open. The brilliant run of the younger prodigy ended after dropping to R32.

Sankar Muthusamy recalled, “Taking part in towards a top quality opponent is all the time a problem and Tommy Sugiarto is the 2014 BWF World Championship medallist. There was media hype saying that Shankar had despatched Tommy packing not I need it as a result of now we have to respect the gamers. Throughout PBL we won’t follow for lengthy hours as a result of now we have interviews and different processes.”

Function of coach Aravindan

Aravindan Swaminathan is the coach of PBL franchise Chennai Superstarz in 2020 and Sankar Muthusamy personally. Sankar is at the moment coaching on the Fireball coaching academy in Chennai.

The World No. 97 quipped, “I’ve by no means been to huge academies like Gopichand or the Prakash Padukone academy. Since my childhood, I performed in Fireball Academy and nonetheless proceed in the identical academy. 90 p.c of the credit score goes to my members of the family, Aravindan sir, and power and conditioning coach Deepak sir who’re my major assist system. All of them collectively made my route simpler to get into the highest 100 and win the silver medal on the World Junior Championships.

The standard of badminton in Tamil Nadu

The youth of Tamil Nadu have proven good indicators in the previous few years. There may be good participation in junior nationwide meets from the state. Gamers like Sathish Kumar Karunakaran, Siddhanth Gupta, and Rithvik Sanjeevi have additionally completed properly within the senior circuit.

Sankar Muthusamy defined the expansion by saying, “In 2016 or 2017 if somebody received a nationwide trophy it was thought of big however now many gamers, particularly the juniors, are beginning to shine. In once I received the U-13 nationwide title it was thought of a fantastic achievement however now the gamers are beginning to win the U-19 title as properly. Presently, there may be good competitors however the transition from juniors to seniors needs to be vital.

He additionally stated that he’ll proceed within the state, coaching from Chennai as an alternative of Hyderabad. He added, “In the intervening time, there are not any plans to vary my coaching heart as a result of I’m very snug right here. I can plan my very own schedule now which isn’t potential in huge academies as a result of there are particular processes that must be adopted. Likewise, there’s no private consideration to most of the prime gamers working towards.

Transition from junior to senior

Sankar Muthusamy has been taking part in within the senior part for a very long time. And he not too long ago entered the highest 100 within the singles rating. Nonetheless, his performances within the seniors helped him turn into the best ranked junior participant on the planet.

The younger man defined, “I began taking part in in senior tournaments whereas taking part in in juniors. Particularly, I finished in junior three years in the past and my father performed an enormous function in it. In accordance with the rating standards of BWF, senior rating factors are additionally thought of in junior rankings. That is why I grew to become junior World No. 1 in singles. I’ve been a part of a few tremendous 300 occasions which gave me good expertise.

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Function of Go Sports activities Basis

Go Sports activities has helped many upcoming athletes via numerous means. They assist athletes by funding them for tournaments and by offering the mandatory coaches wanted. Shankar Muthusamy has been with the inspiration for six years and credit them with the success.

“Go Sports activities has performed an enormous function in my profession. I’ve been a Go Sports activities athlete for about six years now. They’ve supported and supported me via all my difficulties and hardships.

“The 2023 season shall be a full one. And the primary aim is to enter the highest 40 or 50 which is able to allow me to play in all the large tournaments sooner or later,” concluded Sankar Muthusamy.

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