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My level will go up a few steps as I prepare, says Sai Praneeth

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Indian badminton player Ace Sai Praneeth said he was looking for a better setup to improve his level of play.

Praneeth believes that improving his form is what he needs to bridge the gap between himself and some of the best players in the game, as he does not lag too far behind in technical terms.

“I don’t have a lot of problems with my game, but I have to prepare. The level of badminton will increase by several steps if I prepare and continue to be in good shape,” Pranit told the Olympic Channel.

Praneeth, who won bronze at the 2019 World Cup, faced Danish world number 2 Victor Axelsen in the second round of the All England Open earlier in the year and looked on top for most of the first half of the match. He won the first game 21-15 and led 5-0 in the second when he seemed relaxed and continued to lose the game.

“It was a bit of a fitness problem for me all over England. If everything went smoothly and I was in better shape, I could play much better,” said Prainet.

The 28-year-old Hyderabad player said he lost almost three weeks in January due to positive tests before the Toyota Thailand Open.

“I just lost three weeks of my time through no fault of my own. Mentally, it’s also very taxing. You have to test Covid a few times in every tournament. The results are sometimes inaccurate,” Praneeth said.

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