When she won the Kerala state women’s badminton title at Ettumanoor two years ago, one felt that she was someone special. Pavithra Naveen was just 13 then and she was playing her maiden state senior championship.

Now, the young girl has taken some bold steps to boost her game.

“I’ve quit regular school and joined open school now, I don’t have to attend classes…I’m fully into badminton now,” said Pavithra in a chat with Sportstar here on Friday.

The 15-year-old had taken her time to finalise her big move.

“When I was in the eighth standard, I told my dad that I want to fully concentrate on badminton so he said that we would try for an open school. Also, I’m above average in studies, I got 83 per cent in my 10th exams.

“And these two years are crucial for me. I’m in my first under-17 year and I want to be ready whenever tournaments resume.”

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