Paris: There was a sense of deja vu for Sourabh Verma at the French Open badminton tournament on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old ran into Sony Dwi Koncoro, barely a week after he had battled against the same player at Denmark Open. Unfortunately for Sourabh, the result turned was the same. The Indonesian player, who won a bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Games, prevailed in a tightly contested match.
While talking to Firstpost after the match, Sourabh conceded that the Indonesian played smart. ''I made mistakes in the last few points of both the games,'' Sourabh said reflecting upon his 20-22, 16-21 loss.
''I tried to engage him in long rallies as he was a bit tired. I tried to stick to my strategy. He is more experienced, so he knew how to play (in such situations). Unfortunately, things didn't turn out in my favour.,'' Sourabh said. On having lost to Koncoro in Denmark, Sourabh said that it wasn't a jinx. ''I tried my best. Maybe I will do better next time.''
After stunning former world No 1 Peter Gade at the Denmark Open, Sourabh said he didnt feel any pressure while playing against the legend: ''I played freely against him. I just enjoyed my game. I didn't expect to win against Peter Gade. He is one of the legends, being in world Top 5 for so long.''
Sourabh also said that this is a good time for Indian badminton: ''Everyone is doing well. Besides Saina's performance, Kashyap also did very well at Olympics. The sport is getting more popular,'' he remarked.
Sourabh is just 19-years-old and said his target is to win a Super Series tournament. ''After that, I will think about Olympics. I haven't set any target for rankings. I just want to focus on playing well. If I do that, rankings will automatically go up,'' he said.
Sourabh said he is now concentrating his efforts on the three upcoming tournaments in Hong Kong, Macau and India.