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New Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) The defence of four Super Series titles this season is not bothering Kidambi Srikanth as the ace shuttler is focussed on staying injury-free and winning a gold medal at the upcoming Asian Games.

“The biggest challenge for me these days is to maintain my fitness. I actually have issues with both my ankles. After the Olympics, I had issues with my right ankle but last year I hurt my left ankle at the Nationals. So I have to be more careful before I plan my tournaments. So staying away from injury, that is what I am trying to do,” Srikanth told PTI.

“Going forward there are 4-5 tournaments which are important this year, so the idea is to play at my 100 percent in all of them, without getting injured,” added the 25-year-old, who clinched the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Srikanth was in sensational form last season when he clinched four super series titles — French Open, Denmark Open, Australian Open and Indonesian Open.

“I am not worried about matching last year’s performances because for me this year there are very few tournaments which I am actually thinking to do well,” he said.

“In January, I set myself a couple of goals. One of them was the medal at the Commonwealth Games, and the next goal is to win a medal at Asian Games, because these two tournaments are really big and you don’t get to play every year. So Asian Games is what I am really focused on.

“There are of course some other tournaments which are important like the World Championship, though you have it every year but being a world champion is a different thing. So there are many events which are big and for me the target is to be just my best for these events.”

Srikanth said he can’t afford to wait for another four years for an Asian Games medal as no one knows if he will be able to make it to the Indian team again given the talent in the country.

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