Gopichand not worried by Sindhu's defeats in finals

Gopichand also said that Sindhu's repeated defeats in the finals of big events is not an issue to be concerned.

Pullela Gopichand says it is important to remember the positives and not getting carried away by the defeat in a final.   -  K.V.S. Giri

Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand says that P.V. Sindhu's second silver at World Championships needs to be celebarated.

"It is important to remember the positives and not just get carried away by the loss in a final. It is never easy for the players to peak for such a prestigious World Championship which came so close to other big events earlier. It is obvious that some reacted better to the conditions," he said with Sindhu by his side at his Academy on Tuesday, reminding that one cannot dissect a final as a stand-alone event.

"We need to have a fine balance in the preparations. But, these losses in finals (referring to Sindhu losing all of them this year) are no issue of concern," says Gopichand.

"Sometimes, there is a tendency to remember only the losses in finals forgetting how brilliantly one performs in the earlier rounds especially like Sindhu did in beating Okuhara and Yamaguchi in the quarterfinal and semifinal. She displayed great mental toughness before losing to Marin," he explained. "Yes, Marin was the better player in the final," he added.

"I think as a coach the overall package for me by the Indian team in the Worlds was pretty satisfactory especially the doubles pairs doing well. Saina beating Ratchanok was special before she ran into an in-form Marin. Yes, there is need for more improved performances,” he concluded.

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