Anup confident of good show in Olympics

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Bangalore, May 13 (UNI) Top Indian shuttler Anup Sridhar, the lone qualifier from India in badminton Men's singles for the coming Olympics and said he was confident of putting up a good show in Beijing.

"I have fully recovered from the injuries suffered two month ago and I have Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia Open tournaments and also All India Ranking to prove my fitness before travelling to Beijing," he said.

Speaking to reporters he said he was confident of putting up a brave fight in the Olympics. "I was able to beat a couple of ranked players in the World championship and intend to do well in the Olympics as well," he said.

The ankle injury suffered during Swiss Open in March had cost Anup dearly as he was pushed down 33 in the World ranking from his career best 24 in January.

Anup's new travelling coach Tom John said, "I have seen Anup's game he can upset any top player. In the training main focus was on his physical fitness." Former All England Champion and Tata-Padukone Academy Executive Director Prakash Padukone said for Anup qualifying should not be more important than performing well.

Anup had reached the semifinals at the German Open and the Asian Continental Championships and the quarterfinals at the Thailand Open and. In the 2007 World Championships last year he was among the last eight. The current year holds much promise for former national champion.

His most famous win thus far had been over Taufik Hidayat, former world no. 1, gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics. His performance at the World Championships was rated among the top-10 Indian sporting performances of 2007.

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