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Natalia Perminova: I felt I can play the shuttle in the right place even if I close my eyes.
Date: 6/4/2020 1:44 PM
Published by : BEC staff

Russia’s women’s singles have been in a good place in recent years, but does it feel like a cycle is coming to an end?

Russia’s women have been highly ranked in the world over the past decade and have been a vital component in their country’s four European team medals. Therefore Scotland’s 3-0 win over them in this year’s European Women’s Team Championship was a big shock, with all of the losses coming in singles.

In 2019, we saw an all-Russian girl’s singles European U17 Championship final between the champion Mariia Golubeva and Aleksandra Chushkina. Perhaps we are slowly seeing the changing of the guard in Russian singles, but the number two women’s singles player, Natalia Perminova, has unfinished business. 

- At the moment I am waiting for the decision of BWF about the qualification period for Tokyo 2021. If there is still a chance definitely, I will go for it, but at the moment I’m in the reserve list.

Perminova’s best-ever ranking position was 38, over the coming years she wants to try and surpass that. 

- I would like to improve my world ranking as high as possible. I am looking forward to playing the European Championships and my dream is to make a medal there.

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Believe 100 per cent

Despite an acknowledgement and an awareness that some great young talent is coming through, Perminova is not thinking about retirement just yet and says that one of her major aims is to stay healthy and injury-free. However, if she did retire today, would the 2009 European Junior bronze medalist look back and say she got the most out of it? 

- I am the kind of player who does not like to make big goals. I have always a short-term goal, and work step by step. You never know what is coming up in the future.

Asked about her best memories so far, she stated. 

- I have a good memory from the Mexico Grand Prix in 2015. I made a semifinal there. It was the first time I have ever made a good victory against top players like Minatsu Mitani and Busanan Ongbumrungphan. This tournament I felt I can play the shuttle in the right place even if I close my eyes.

Perminova, 28, is an experienced player who started achieving the top prizes when still a teenager. She advises young players today. 

- You have to believe 100 per cent in whatever you choose in your life. 

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