Young Indian shuttler HS Prannoy is relieved to have ended his title drought with victory at Indonesian Masters.
"This is very special. After 2010 Summer Youth Olympics, I had not won any major title. You cannot replace a title with anything. So, this is very special," Prannoy, who returned to Hyderabad early on Tuesday, told PTI.
Prannoy had won a silver medal in the Boys' singles at 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. He clinched the maiden title of his career after winning the USD 1,25,000 Indonesian Masters Grand Prix Gold, following his straight-game victory over local favourite Firman Abdul Kholik in the finals at Palembang in Indonesia on September 14.
Recalling that his ranking slipped during June-July this year, Prannoy said he wanted to do well and trained hard for success.
"I was trying new stuff. My ranking was going down and I wanted to do well. I was mentally strong. I kept my cool during the Indonesia Masters. I was feeling confident," he said.
Prannoy, who is currently ranked 43, would be playing in the France Super Series and Bitburger Gold event next month.
Saying that he would like to take each tournament as it comes and concentrate on playing well, the 22-year-old shuttler from Kerala hoped that he would be able to break into top-25 by the end of this year.
Prannoy has been training at the Gopichand Academy here for the last over four years.