I want to be the best, it’s not about the ranking, it’s about being consistent.
Once you are satisfied with your goal, it is the real happiness.
My philosophy is to not be scared of anyone. If I play well, great; if I dont, I learn from the match and move on.
My grandmother did not come to see me till a month after my birth. I was born seven years after my only sister and my birth was a big disappointment for her. In it there is a message that I understand very well now about the discrimination against the girl child. My uncles and other relatives are against encouraging girls. My parents are more open. They back me all the way.
Rankings are not so important. I am only focused on winning tournaments.
I love winning more than I love playing badminton. Winning is everything.
I cannot believe there is caste system in society; I cannot believe people are judged on the basis of their prosperity.
I was really surprised when I was told that my grandmother did not come to see me till a month after my birth. I was born seven years after my only sister Chandranshu, and my birth was a big disappointment for her.
My hero is Roger Federer.
I am a huge Bollywood fan, and my favourite actor of all time is Shah Rukh Khan.
Unlike most youngsters who have school as their second home where they meet and make friends, for me playtime has been at the Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad. When I am not playing a tournament, my days are spent at the Academy with my coaches, physiotherapists and colleagues, who are like family. We laugh and have so much fun.
After I win a match, I celebrate it by having an ice cream.
Badminton is not as glamorous as cricket.
I don’t think I have the ability or patience to teach badminton to others.