Satish Kumar credit coach Ajit Wijetilekk after Odisha Masters title win

Taking part in in his first BWF Tremendous 100 ultimate on the Odisha Masters Worldwide badminton match (Grade 2) in Cuttack on Sunday, Ok. Sathish Kumar was a bit tense and drained, too, however he held on to defeat Ayush Shetty within the males’s singles ultimate.

“It has given me big confidence. I’ve received two singles titles this yr, however each had been Worldwide Problem, Grade 3 occasions. I didn’t play my full sport. I used to be tense as this was my first ultimate. And this was my eleventh straight match with no break. Pleased I used to be capable of pull by way of,” mentioned Sathish to Sportstar from Cuttack.

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Sathish gave full credit score to his coach Ajit Wijetilekk. “I’ve been with Ajit since 2018 in Bengaluru. He has been my spine. No one has pushed me as a lot as Ajit. Earlier than becoming a member of Ajit, I didn’t know there was a lot to know within the sport,” Sathish mentioned, ranked 61 in singles. “I additionally must thank Tamil Nadu Badminton Affiliation for its continued help.”

Nevertheless, within the subsequent few months, Sathish mentioned he won’t simply deal with singles, however give “extra precedence” to blended doubles as he felt he (together with Aadya Variyath) has a great likelihood of constructing the minimize for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“If we are able to make it to the highest 25 (Olympic rankings) by April 2024—we are actually ranked 51–we have an affordable likelihood,” mentioned the 22-year-old.

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