Again from damage setback, teenage badminton sensation Andrea Sarah Kurien eyes nationwide glory

Published:Mar 9, 202409:58
Again from damage setback, teenage badminton sensation Andrea Sarah Kurien eyes nationwide glory

As just a little woman, Andrea Sarah Kurien used to accompany her elder sister Melanie for bhartanatyam courses at Kalamassery in Kochi. However greater than dance, she was excited when she noticed little kids chasing ‘birds’ within the subsequent corridor the place Antony Ok. Jacob was operating a badminton academy throughout weekends.

“Andrea realized bharatanatyam for a 12 months together with her sister after which they each joined the badminton academy. And Andrea continued with the game when Antony began a daily academy at Kakkanad,” stated Priya Kurien, Andrea’s mom.

Andrea is 16 now and head coach Antony Jacob and junior coach Arun Sanjeev have moulded her right into a advantageous participant on the Shiny Sports activities Antony’s Academy. The younger woman, on Saturday, made her State senior debut memorable by including the ladies’s title to her checklist of achievements.

However the final two years had been painful ones for Andrea, a 11 th normal pupil on the Rajagiri Christu Jayanthi Faculty.

“I used to be injured the final two years. First, I had an ankle damage after which a again damage, so all my tournaments went off like that. This 12 months was a type of restart...I actually labored arduous for these tournaments,” stated Andrea.

And her rewards have are available in lots.

She is now in Kerala’s Nationwide Video games crew, a facet which can embrace Thomas Cup and Commonwealth Video games medallists like H.S. Prannoy, Treesa Jolly and M.R. Arjun. That ought to supply loads of useful classes to the younger woman who can also be within the State’s South Zone squad.

Three years in the past Andrea and Pavithra Naveen, Kerala’s youngest State ladies’s champion who was additionally coached by Antony earlier, performed doubles on the under-15 Asians in Indonesia.

“Andre is the very best amongst my bunch now. She has misleading strokes, has a variety and may combine her photographs effectively. She will be able to produce good strokes even underneath stress,” stated Antony.

“She is presently Nationwide No. 4 (under-17 singles) and has the potential to change into a nationwide champion. In fact, she must enhance quite a bit as she strikes to the next degree. And he or she wants to enhance her energy.”

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