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13 Aug, 2018
Every player goes through a myriad
of struggles in their career. They win, they lose, they learn from others. Sai
Uttejitha has also gone through all these phases and still learning. The Indian
No 2 badminton player, Sai Uttejitha hails from Vizag. The 20-year-old shuttler
is preparing to hustle at the upcoming Asian Games. She has represented the
nation in many international tournaments.
Sai Uttejitha was merely in
sixth grade, studying at Sri Prakash School when she started with her badminton
training. That time, her father was also a national level badminton player. So,
she got introduced to the game at an adolescent age. She received her training
in Vizag and Khannam. Sai Uttejitha played at the District Level Tournament as
a professional player and won at Kurnool. Her victory was the turning point.
She decided to establish her career as a badminton player and so she moved to
Hyderabad to join Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy.
Sai Uttejitha started with
her badminton training where she practices the sport with trainers as well as
senior players of the Academy. She continuously made efforts to get better at
badminton. She used to partake in various events and in her training for four
years; she noticed a lot of improvement in her game. She is laborious and put
immense efforts to become better. Her day starts before the sunrise, at 4 AM
and she gets training till 6 PM. She has been consistently participating in
numerous tournaments. She was also picked up for the Asian Games from the
tournament selection, held at Hyderabad and Bengaluru by the Badminton
Association of India.
It is never easy to reach to
the top without encountering any hurdles. Sai Uttejitha has tasted defeat
multiple times in her badminton career. There was also a phase where she lost
almost every battle of badminton. She went through a lot of criticism. People
tell her, if she couldn’t defeat any player at the current level, she might
never be able to beat the senior and expert players. However, the young
shuttler never takes the criticism in a wicked way. Instead of giving up, she
emerged more strongly like a champion. Sai Uttejitha has not just improved her
game and fitness in badminton for the International Challenges, but she is also
pursuing her studies at a private school in Hyderabad. She has balanced her
Studies and career in badminton in a brilliant way. If it wasn’t badminton, she
would be preparing for IIT.
The Indian shuttler has
tasted the sweetness of success after all her struggles. She is World No 87 as
of the current BWF International rank. She also clinched the 2nd position in
India. She has won 21 laurels in both the junior and senior singles category of
her career by now, out of which she got 15 bronze, 3 silver and 3 gold medals.
She also became the first person from the state to get into the Asian Games for
the sport of badminton. Sai Uttejitha also likes to play tennis occasionally.
The young Indian shuttler is
preparing for the forthcoming Asian Games. She has been focusing on her fitness
and well-being to be able to battle rigorously. Sai Uttejitha was satisfied with
her performance at the selection tournament and her favourite match was the
latest one; Bengaluru-Hyderabad Open.
Sai Uttejitha gets her
training at the Swarna Bharati in Vizag. She was trained under the coaches
Chandrashekhar and Siva. The shuttler thinks that the infrastructure of Vizag
is capable enough to provide good training to the shuttlers. The training
techniques and groundwork for the sport of badminton are continuously
improving. She has highlighted the dedication and arduous efforts of her