Ruthvika Shivani, new star from Pullela Gopichand's academy

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Bengaluru, Oct 12: Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, the 20-year old female badminton player is the new kid on the block at the Pullela Gopichand academy in Hyderabad.

The badminton starlet came into limelight after she won the Russian Grand Prix 2016 championship.

Ruthvika Shivani (Image courtesy: Vijay Goel Twitter handle)

Ace Indian badminton player and coach Pullela Gopichand, who has guided players like Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu in the past sounded optimistic about Ruthvika's prospect and he considers her as one of the top students.

About Shivani's performance at the Russian Grand Prix, Gopichand said: “She had the habit of playing against the boys in her early days.

"So, her fitness and power is automatically developed and it is likely to make the difference from the other students of this academy. And after she joined the academy, I did not overwrite her game style. Rather I tried to polish it.”

Gopichand further said that he was not surprised on Shivani’s triumph at the tournament. He added: “As she is being able to maintain the style I am expecting more medals from her in near future.”

Shivani joined Gopichand academy in 2012. She used to train at Khammam in Telengana before. And her then coach Sudhakar Reddy when contacted also did not seem to be much jubilant.

He remarked: “Shivani’s first laurel came in the last February when she stunned PV Sindhu in the SAF Games final. And I knew that Shivani would be bringing more medals for the country. She is a huge potential in terms of the next generation badminton players in India.”

Ruthvika, on winning the title said: “Today I am recalling those days when I used to collect shuttle cocks and preserve them for my own training. I was only six years old that time. Today I am happy to reach a position where I do not have to preserve the used shuttle cocks for my own training.”

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