"With every top player I am playing, I am losing 21-19 or 21-18 in third set. I want to break that (jinx). It may be a mental issue. In the crucial time I am a bit tense, probably I just want (desperately) to win these games. I want to win one such close match. That will boost my confidence," Praneeth, who represents Awadhe Warriors in the Premier Badminton League (PBL), told reporters here.
Ranked 34th in the world and with four other Indian compatriots, led by world number nine K Srikanth ahead of him, Praneeth does not have a great chance to book an entry to the August Rio Olympic Games.
This has not dampened his spirits and he said if he performs consistently in two or three tournaments before the Games he could still make it.     

"I have little chance (to make it to Rio), but If I perform well in 2-3 tournaments with good results continuously, I have a chance. But it's not only about the Olympics. I want to perform well in other big tournaments too," said the 23-year-old shuttler from Hyderabad.
Saying injuries had hampered his progress in 2014, Praneeth said his goal was to win Super Series and World Championships for which he needs to become fitter than what he is currently.


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