The ace Indian shuttler said the performance in Swiss Open gave a boost to his confidence ahead of his tough first round match in the India Open.

From the high of being world number six in May last year, Kashyap slipped to 24th after a series of injuries derailed his progress. He first twisted his ankle during the Indian Badminton League, then had a freak eye injury before the Denmark Open in October. He then pulled out of Korea Open after a partial dislocation of shoulder in December, which once again aggravated during the German Open.

"After German Open, I was in doubt about what would happen because after a month of training and rehab, when my shoulder was perfect, I suddenly got injured at the same place again. When an injury happens and then again it happens at the same place, it gets worse. It gave me big doubts about what I would do, how will I qualify for Commonwealth Games and Asian Games," Kashyap said.

"It was really confusing and tough and mentally very disturbing when you come back from an injury, you are fit and then suddenly you get injured again. Both were freak injuries, the shoulder and even getting hit in the eye. Dislocation is something which keeps happening. It gets out of the socket.”

"I had to strap my shoulder in All England, I was fine and played a close three game. I again played with strapping in the Swiss Open and reached the semifinals there. It gave me a lot of confidence. Now it is strapped really hard. There is no pain. But I guess I have got used to playing with the strapping and it will be like this for next 4-5 months," he added.


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