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Grand Prix victory a proof of our consistency

other Updated: Sep 01, 2009 01:38 IST
Anupma Tripathi
Anupma Tripathi
Hindustan Times
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Their quarterfinal loss at the World Badminton Championships is passé. On Sunday, the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju became the first Indian duo to win a Gold Grand Prix event. Ranked eighth in the world, the duo registered a hard fought victory over Indonesians Hendra Gunawan and Vita Marissa to clinch the Chinese Taipei Grand Gold Prix title.

Excerpts from a telephonic conversation with HT.

A historic win after the World Championships loss.

Jwala: It's for the first time that an Indian pair has won a Gold Grand Prix event. I am very happy with my performance..

Diju: Our performance at the Championships wasn't all that bad but a win always gives you immense satisfaction

What were the factors that led to your victory?

Jwala: The consistency with which we have been playing for the past 8-9 months helped us a lot. Apart from that, Diju played really well and I am proud to be associated with him.

Diju: It was a joint effort. I think my smashes were pretty good and that made the difference.

Earlier, you had to pull out of the Macau Open.

Jwala: Diju had a stiff back so we withdrew from the Macau Open and played the Chinese Taipei. It was the right decision.

Diju: The pain still persists but I am taking care of it and will be fit soon.

What are your plans?

Jwala: To register another win at the Yonex Japan Super Series that starts 22 September.

Diju: Next up is the Japan Series for which I will be attending the camp in Hyderabad starting September 12.

Has the win made up for the disappointing loss at the WC?

Jwala: Not at all, the World Championships has its own place.

Diju: No win can replace a victory or defeat at the Worlds.