After a season of highs saw him knocking at the door of world’s top 10, India’s Sameer Verma believes a high-quality mind-set and stepped forward strategies will keep him in excellent stead on the All England Championship beginning 10 March in Birmingham. Sameer got here out of the shadows of his illustrious colleagues closing yr while he reached the knockout degree of the World Tour Finals as a qualifier, driving on his name run at Swiss Open, Hyderabad Open and Syed Modi International at Lucknow. Two of these titles – Swiss Open and Syed Modi – were Super 300 activities and Sameer, who had reached the finals of Hong Kong Super Series in 2016, hopes to attain his dream of winning a higher level match whilst he steps out on the Arena Birmimgham for the All England Championship. “I want to win a large event and I need it to be All England,” Sameer instructed PTI in an interview. The 24-yr-old will open his campaign in opposition to former global champion Viktor Axelsen. “I even have lost twice to him (Viktor Axelsen) but I am now not too worried. I performed him around 7-8 months back. At that point, I changed into not at this level. I suppose I am a great deal higher organized to take him on,” said Sameer. “My mind-set and strategy have stepped forward loads now. I can’t tell about the outcomes, I am now not considering them however I sense I’m high-quality prepared for the All England this time.”
Sameer, who had finished a pre-quarterfinalist within the 2016 All England, has played Axelson handiest twice inside the past – the 2018 Indonesia Open and 2011 World Junior Championship. He reached a career-high ranking of world no eleven this January after a stellar run in 2018 and Sameer said he has the self-belief now to interrupt into the pinnacle 10. The youngster from Madhya Pradesh had misplaced 12-21, 22-20, 21-17 to World no 2 Shi Yuqi of China in the semifinals after protecting the suit point within the 2nd game. “If I would have received the World Tour Final or reached the finals, I would have broken into pinnacle 10. The loss against Shi Yuqi continues to be in my mind, I bet it’ll most effective move once I win some thing massive. But I have the idea now, I recognise I can be in that pinnacle 10,” Sameer stated. Momota task Asked to name one participant he could want to face, Sameer said: “I need to play Kento Momota. I had overwhelmed him at Swiss Open however I misplaced to him on the World Tour Finals and I want to check my game against him, compete towards him.”
With each the players located in separate halves of the draw, the handiest way they can face at the All England is if they reach the finals. It took more than one accidents unfold over seven years for Sameer to recognize that he needs to take care of his frame instead of chasing results and ranking. With a hectic schedule in advance, Sameer stated that specialize in mind and frame will continue to be his purpose this season. “I think I even have cared loads for my body remaining 12 months. The physios were with me in tournaments also, so it helped. You additionally have to take care of the food plan. Nutrition is some thing I want to consider because it also allows in recovery,” he stated. “Results in tournaments don’t rely, due to the fact you may not carry out in 2-3 events, but they will come eventually. Last year, I won the Swiss Open and the Hyderabad Open however I didn’t do well in all activities, so I recognize I can do higher.”
The Olympic qualification length starts offevolved from April 29 and the BWF rankings list, which might be published on April 30 next year, will decide the spots for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Sameer stated he might look to keep away from thinking about the Olympics as it can create pointless pressure throughout the qualification period. “…You can think of it as a ordinary event and now not take any stress, and live pressure unfastened. That will be the way I would want to suppose because otherwise, it will affect my overall performance,” Sameer stated.