P. V. Sindhu satisfied with performances ahead of World C’ships

The Indian shuttler, hoping to clinch gold this time, admits there will be no easy match at the tourney.

P. V. Sindhu hopes to perform well at the tourney, but clarifies she has “no pressure.”   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

P.V. Sindhu, arguably India’s biggest medal hope, says it is time to leave behind the results of the last eight months and stay focussed on the World championship starting on August 19.

The 24-year-old champion shuttler, winner of two silver medals at the Championships, admits that it is not going to be easy. However, she points out that losing in a couple of big finals doesn’t mean she is not playing well.

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“I am honestly pleased with the way I have been playing. It is only a question of time before I put my hands on a big trophy,” Sindhu said in an exclusive interview with Sportstar on Thursday.

“Yes, like in all major events, I have to take every round and not think too far ahead in the coming Worlds. It all depends on how well you play on the given day,” she says.

No easy match

“There is nothing like an easy match at this level as there is little that separates the top 16 players. So, it is not like you have an easy opponent in one round and a tougher player in the next round. You have to be on your toes always and give your best consistently right through the championship,” says the World No. 5.

“It has been really nice to train under Korean Kim Ji Hyun. It is good to pick up a few new things,” Sindhu says about her preparations.

“The emphasis has been on a lot of variations and skills too for the challenges, and the quality of opposition will be different, compared to the previous edition.

“Gold will be the target, having won the bronze and silver earlier. But, again, it doesn’t mean there is any kind of pressure on me because of the expectations. Honestly, I will put the best foot forward and hope the results will fall in place,” she says.

Sindhu (right) and compatriot Saina Nehwal may lock horns in the semifinals. File Photo: PTI

 

Sindhu will be facing Beiwen Zhang of the U.S. in the pre-quarterfinal and, if through, will take on next World No. 2 Tai Tzu Ying — a contest she admits will be tough.

“Well, I have to take it like any other match,” she said on the possibility of facing India’s other medal hope Saina Nehwal in the semifinal as per the draw.

“But, I must tell you that the preparations have been on and I hope to translate all of them into performance on the court where you know we have to strategise for every two points,” she says.