P.V. Sindhu keen to bag gold in Tokyo 2020

P.V. Sindhu, who is likely to meet Carolina Marin in Denmark Open this month, wants to select tournaments to plan well for the Tokyo Olympics.

Badminton world champion P.V Sindhu at a felicitation ceremony organised by Velammal MHSS, Mogappair in Chennai on Thursday.   -  M. VEDHAN

 

The newly-crowned World badminton champion P. V. Sindhu has always found two players quite tough to overcome — World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying and Carolina Marin, the 2016 Rio Olympic champion.

While the 24-year-old Indian, ranked sixth in the world, found a way to beat Tai Tzu — only her fifth win in 15 meetings against the Taipei player — in the recently concluded World Championship quarterfinals in August, it has not been easy to beat the Spaniard. Sindhu has a 6-8 head-to-head record against the three-time women's World champion, now ranked 23rd in the world.

Marin made a brilliant comeback after getting injured in the Indonesia Masters in January. Returning after a right knee surgery, the 26-year-old won the China Open in September.

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Sindhu will possibly face Marin in the Denmark Open (October 15 to 20) quarterfinals.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony here on Thursday, she said, "It is not going to be easy. She [Marin] has performed well. At the same time every round is important. I hope I play well. My first round [in the Denmark Open] will be against an Indonesian [Gregoria Mariska Tunjwong].

"[Winning the] world championship was one of the fantastic victories. [It was] a much-awaited one. I am very happy. There are Iots of expectations and responsibilities going forward. I take that as a blessing from billions of people. I will go and play at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and get the gold.”

Sindhu wants to select tournaments to plan well for the Tokyo Olympics. "[Before Olympics] each and every tournament is important. You need to be mentally and physically fit. And you also need to maintain your fitness and give your 100 per cent in tournaments. Definitely, I will pick and choose tournaments. I will have to be injury-free," she said.