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Sai Praneeth reveals his improved diet as the secret to his new found success

Utkarsh Bhatla

Indian badminton star, Sai Praneeth is riding on a wave of momentum after his superb victory in the Thailand Grand Prix Gold. This victory comes soon after his Singapore Open Super Series triumph just a couple of months ago. And now Sai Praneeth reveals his improved diet as the secret to his new found success. He has now lifted two back to back titles, winning the Singapore Super Series before this recent Thailand triumph.

Winning titles is always great and very important. After Singapore Super Series, I immediately won my next (Thailand Open) tournament and I am very happy about it,” Praneeth told reporters.

“I have become more fitter. I have trained for long time. Before Singapore I trained for six weeks and after that I have trained for a month, and I think that is where my fitness level has increased. My fitness has improved and I am playing better,” he added.

He emphasised on the fact that fitness is of paramount importance if you want to succeed at the international level. Almost all players are equally skilled and adept, and it is the fitter that prevails.

“Only the fitness level. I need only fitness to win titles. Overall I have my game, I have good strokes, but without fitness those do not work. So if I am fit enough I think I can win many more titles. So fitness is the key for my game.

“All coaches and everyone know that the only key for my game is fitness. So, I just need to maintain and improve it so that I can play well.”

Praneeth is currently enjoying his purple patch and wishes to continue in the same manner for the next few years at least.

“Winning back to back titles…this is best phase till now. After playing India, Malaysia and Singapore (tournaments) and winning Singapore and Thailand tournaments, obviously now I am more confident,” he said.

Praneeth is currently preparing for the Indonesian Open which starts in another four days and is confident of a good showing in his maiden World Championships as well.

“I am prepared well. Now I have just four days left (for Indonesian Open). I am playing good and I am fit enough. I will continue my training and get ready for the upcoming tournaments.

“World Championship is a very big event and I am really looking forward to it. For World Championship, I have six weeks time (after the Indonesian and Australian Open). That is good enough to prepare for the World Championship. If I train for five to six weeks continuously I think it’s good enough for me,” Praneeth said.

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