Gopichand: 'Sindhu didn’t fire as expected'

Pullela Gopichand felt PV Sindhu could have done better in her world championship final loss to Carolin Marin but believes results don’t reflect her consistency.

PV Sindhu went down 21-19, 21-10 to Carolina Marin in the BWF World Championship final, making it her second consecutive loss in the final of the tournament.

India’s chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand feels P.V Sindhu had an 'off-day' in the BWF world championship final on Sunday, as she lost 21-19, 21-10 to Spain's Carolina Marin.

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Reflecting on the loss, Gopichand felt his trainee was under pressure and made lot of errors.

“She could have done better. But, again, one should remember the way she had to play matches late in the evening which would be very taxing, especially in the knock-out phase. This did have a bearing on her performance in the final too,” Gopi explained.

“I don’t think it is a matter of concern either for Sindhu or for me with her losing all the major finals this year. For these results don’t necessarily reflect how consistently she has played. Remember, reaching Worlds final for the second consecutive year is no joke,” the chief coach felt.

“Yes, in hindsight it looks that Sindhu didn’t fire as much as was expected of her. It was definitely a different kind of challenge when you are playing a world championship final,” Gopi said.

“Well, I think we need to work on better control of the pace of the shuttle and the directions too for the upcoming events,” he said. “But, again, Sindhu may be beaten, but not disgraced as the old adage goes. She put up a standout performance again in a World championship,” he felt.

“I believe Saina beating Ratchanok (Intanon) was one of the high points for India. So was the doubles pairs performance. Praneeth was impressive. Personally, I am satisfied with the overall performance of Indians though it could have been certainly better,” Gopi said, reminding that the Indians have to switch gears immediately for the next big assignment - Asian Games later this month.

He rated Carolina Marin as one of the greatest women shuttlers he has ever seen. “Well, winning three World titles and an Olympic gold is something unbelievable. And the best part is she has been a great ambassador for the sport too,” the chief coach said.