I’m still surprised how it all happened. I had lost the first game to Li, and in the second set, we were locked at 17-17. I was nervous, but grit and determination kept me going and I won the set by 19-21. This buoyed my confidence in the third set which was vital for the win.
Was this your best game ever?
I can’t say. However, my most memorable game was in the Olympics QF where I lost.
Both your parents are badminton champions so you must have begun early.
I had been visiting badminton courts with my parents ever since I was an infant. While they were playing, I was made to sleep in the corner for hours. I learnt to handle a racquet at five and by nine I was fully into the game.
You seem to lead a very austere life unlike other teenagers.
I took up badminton like a medical student would take up his or her studies.
At 19, you’ve conquered great heights. What’s your ultimate aim?
To go still further. I never thought I would achieve it so early. In...