Arun Vishnu & Aparna Balan team up for mixed doubles in badminton and they have won the country plenty many accolades with their performances. They share their views about national championships which they won recently for the 3rd consecutive year and about their partnership.
National championships 2016…
We won this year’s national championship quite comfortably compared to last 2 years, beating our opponents in straight sets.
National championship title win…
We are very happy in the hat-trick win and we are hoping to maintain this winning streak. At the same time we are determined and looking forward to perform well at the International level.
We are from the same place (Calicut, Kerala). We have been playing together from childhood onward under the same coach Mr. A. Nazar. So we know each other very well on court and off court. As far as doubles is concerned understanding the partner is very important.
Standards of national championships…
Now, standard of National Championship is very high. It is mainly because of the fact that Badminton Association of India have made participation of players in the National Championship mandatory. Due to this the level of competition is at its best.
Indian badminton development…
Since we have started playing, Badminton in India has come a long way. Badminton Association of India organized round the year national camp, conducted Indian Badminton League and besides that three international tournaments were conducted in India. Now unlike before players train under one roof under the watchful eyes of experienced coaches round the year. All this has helped in the growth of Indian Badminton over the years. So credit of recent growth of Indian Badminton goes to Badminton Association of India, its Players and Coaches. (See more from Badminton here)
Performances as a mixed doubles team…
We believe we are getting better and better every year. And our best is yet to come.
Following are some of our achievements.
- Syed Modi India Open Grand Prix 2009 – Winner
2. Bahrain International Challenge 2008 – Winner
3. Bahrain International Series 2013 – Winner
4. Spanish International Challenge 2009 – Runner-up
5. Maldives International Challenge 2011 – Runner-up
6. Tata Open India International Challenge 2010 – Runner-up
Current Word Ranking 51 (Best World Ranking 41)
- Winner – Senior National Championship 2011, 2012 & 2013
2. Runner-up – Senior National Championship 2008, 2009 & 2010
3. Winner – Junior National Championship 2005
Ranked No.1 in India for last 4 years.
Facilities & IBL…
We train at Gopichand Academy, it is one of the best badminton academies in the world. Facilities here are of International Standard. And we have Gopi Sir, the Chief National Coach to motivate and guide us. Yes IBL has helped most of us, it has given good exposure and confidence to compete at international level.
Aparna: My Father used to play badminton and he wanted me to take this as my profession, he always wanted me to play for our country. Later Gopi sir, the chief national coach also inspired me.
Arun: My Inspiration is my coach Mr Pullela Gopichand. Whatever I have achieved I owe it to him. I have always been motivated by my parents.
Upcoming tournaments & personal targets…
We are preparing ourselves for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.To keep our fitness level high in order to give our best in the tournament.
Personal & team aspirations…
We are looking forward to win a medal at Rio Olympics 2016