R.M.V. Gurusaidutt in a file photo. He will take on Malaysian Yeoh Seng Zoe in the second round of the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold.
PASIR GUDANG: India have a strong presence in the men's singles event in the Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold and one of their shuttlers, R.M.V. Gurusaidutt, is ready to strike it big.
The 24-year-old Gurusaidutt is one of the seven Indian players to clear the opening round of the Malaysia Open GP Gold at the Pasir Gudang Municipal Stadium on Wednesday.
World No. 30 Gurusaidutt, who will take on Malaysian Yeoh Seng Zoe in the second round on Thursday, agreed that India's men's singles is now thriving and it won't be long before one of them hits the jackpot.
Since P. Gopichand's heroic All-England victory in 2001, the men's singles from India have yet to win any major titles although their women counterparts have done well.
Former world junior champion Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu have stolen the limelight by winning Open titles. In fact, Saina became the first Indian to win an Olympic bronze medal in London in 2012.
Gurusaidutt is confident that the men's singles will soon step out of the shadows.
“In the past, we used to have two or three good players in the national centre but now we have eight to 10 players – of the same standard pushing one another … that is good,” said Gurusaidutt, who emerged second to K. Srikanth at their recent National Championships.
“If we keep at it, in time, we will be able to deliver. Our coach Gopichand is pushing us hard in training.”
On his journey as a player, Gurusaidutt said that he was back on track after suffering several injuries.
“I had a back injury last year and took four and a half weeks to get back on my feet. Just before this Malaysia Open GP Gold, I hurt my ankle and lost another four and a half weeks. It is all related to the strain of heavy training. I will just have to be extra careful,” he said.
“There are two major tournaments in India after this – the India Open Superseries and Thomas Cup Finals. I hope to get a timely boost by doing well in the Malaysia Open GP Gold,” added Gurusaidutt, who reached the quarter-final stage last year.
Meanwhile, the other Indian players in the second round on Thursday are Aditya Prakash, B. Sai Praneeth, H.S Prannoy, Anup Sridhar, Chetan Anand and Sourabh Varma.