Sindhu bullish on a stupendous World Tour Final

The Indian shuttler, on the back of a good preparation, feels she has the armoury in her kitty to win the title in what will be her third BWF World Tour Finals appearance.

Hyderabad Hunters icon player P.V. Sindhu seen with the team owner and teammates at the promotional event of Hyderabad Hunters in Hyderabad on Monday.   -  V.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

World and Olympics silver medallist, P.V. Sindhu, says that there is no pressure of expectations as she will be looking for the elusive title this year when she plays in what will be her third BWF World Tour finals in China next week.

“I have to prepare for it like for any other event. Yes, in terms of stature, it is a major event as the only top eight of the world will be competing in it which is also a great feeling,” says Sindhu on the sidelines of a Hyderabad Hunters promotional event in Hyderabad on Monday.

Sindhu is the icon player for the defending champion, Hunters, in this year’s Premier Badminton League starting December 22 in Mumbai.

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“I repeat that there is very little difference amongst the players ranked in the top 15 in the world. It all boils down to how well you respond to the situation on a given day. This also means sometimes you may end up losing despite playing well for different reasons,” 23-year-old Sindhu explained.

On World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying, who has been Sindhu's nemesis, the champion shuttler explained, “Yes, Tai is a very strong player with plenty of deception of strokes. But, if you have the right strategy and able to execute that you can still beat her. Definitely, the preparations have been really good this time and I am looking forward to the Finals. Not going to be easy as it is a very strong field out there.”

“If you remember in the first appearance in World Tour Finals, I reached semifinal, in the second entered final and hopefully this time will win the title,” she said with a big smile.

“I do believe 2018 has been a very good year with a couple of major appearances in the finals. It has been a very demanding schedule no doubt. Yes, we have to pick and play the events and not just compete in every event. Great we coped with it without any injury thanks to the support staff,” Sindhu said.

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On the PBL, Sindhu, who played for Chennai Smashers earlier, is delighted to be back with her ‘home team’ which has very good crowd support. “I know Hunters never lost their first match in the PBL and hope I will continue that record when we take on Carolina Marin’s team,” she said.

“Well, the PBL cannot be off to a better start then me taking on Carolina Marin in the season opener in Mumbai. It should be great advertisement for the League itself,” Sindhu felt.

“Every edition of PBL is different because of the changing combinations and the expectations from the franchisee owners and the fans. Since, it is a 15-point format, every player has to be at her best from the beginning,” she said.