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Staying fit is target: Sameer

New Delhi:With his short international career affected by multiple injuries, Sameer Verma wants to focus on remaining fit as setting specific goals according to him is an exercise in futility.
Sameer lifted his first title of the season at the Swiss Open Super 300 tournament on Monday, beating former world no 2 Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark in the finals at Basel, Switzerland.
However, the Indian says he doesn't want to make plans for the season ahead.
"I just want to stay fit, take care of my body, that is my target. I don't want to think about anything else. I know if I am 100 per cent, performance will come and my ranking will also improve," Sameer told PTI over phone.
"I keep talking to my coaches and physios how to better take care of myself. I have realised that I was doing over training, which I have to avoid and think long term."
Even last year, Sameer had started on a promising note, winning his maiden Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold event in January and reached the quarterfinals at the India Superseries. However things went downhill from then onwards as he sustained a shoulder injury that forced him to withdraw from Indonesia and Australian Open in June.
He recovered and got an unexpected entry at the World Championship but he lost early before reaching quarters at Korea Open but again a recurrence of shoulder problem sidelined him for the second half of the season last year. He had cracked the top 20 but slipped again.
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