While many players take the opportunity to make it count, others explore different career options, like analysts, and coaches through these leagues.
For Chennai girl, Ramya Tulasi, who is a part of Chennai Smashers in the upcoming Premier Badminton League, it presents an opportunity to believe in herself. “This is the biggest opportunity in my life so far. The Adcock pair is my inspiration. I have watched them on TV and now the league gives me a chance to play alongside them. I feel blessed and not everyone gets an opportunity like this,” Ramya said.
Ramya is aware of the standard of the league and the opening it presents to improve her game. “I don’t think I will stand a chance against big names. I am an upcoming player and I take this more as an avenue to learn and implement the tricks of the trade in my game,” Ramya said.
The trainee of Smash Bounce Badminton Academy, Ramya said she plans to approach the league with an open mind. “I am mentally prepared to accept the new challenge and prepare for new things. I do not want to have any expectations as it can hamper my learning process and in turn affect the team’s ideas,” she added.
The fourth-year civil engineering student of SSN College believes in setting a realistic goal. “For now, my target is to breach the top-100 mark. I do not want to think too far ahead and I believe in setting short term goals,” she added.
With just 50 days left for the league to commence, Ramya has taken her training to the next level. “We have coaches from Malaysia and Indonesia in my academy. I train for three sessions a day that includes a couple of hours for fitness. I am raring to represent Smashers,” she concluded.