P. V. Sindhu to miss Kim Ji Hyun services for China Open, Korea Open

P. Gopi Chand informed Sportstar that women's singles coach Kim Ji Hyun has gone home to be with her husband, who's having health issues.

Korean coach Kim Ji Hyun giving a few tips to P.V. Sindhu during the recent World championship in Basel (Switzerland).   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The newly-crowned world badminton champion, P.V. Sindhu, will miss the services of the women’s singles coach Kim Ji Hyun of Korea when she leaves on Saturday for the China Open World Tour Super 1000 (September 17 to 22) and the Korea Open World Tour Super 500 (September 24 to 29).

India’s chief national coach P. Gopi Chand informed Sportstar that Kim had to leave for her home following some health issues to her husband.

“In fact, she got the news during the recent World Championship but showed great spirit to be there till the end,” Gopi said.

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Originally, she had to leave immediately after the Worlds but at the request of the top officials agreed to be in India for two days on arrival to be with the players and other coaches when they met many dignitaries in Delhi and Hyderabad.

“We expect her to be back at the Academy at the earliest but certainly not in the next two weeks,” he said.

It may be recalled here that Sindhu was on record to acknowledge Kim’s contribution to her success in the World championship.

“She has been a terrific coach with a different style and we gelled together really well,” was Sindhu’s compliment to the coach after the Worlds gold.

Apparently, given the fact that this being 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifying season, Gopi will be accompanying the Indian team for China to ensure that the big names gunning for a berth in Games will continue to do well in the run-up to the Games.

“Yes, I will be there but leaving tomorrow while the players are leaving tonight,” he said.

It may be mentioned here that injured Kidambi Srikanth, former World No.1 who has is having an indifferent season so far this year, and H.S. Prannoy (down with dengue), have already pulled out of the above two majors.