Sindhu tries out new strokes, looks to strengthen defence

The arrival of South Korean coaches, Kim Ji-hyun and Park Tae Sang, could be a huge blessing for P. V. Sindhu as she prepares for her big goal of winning gold at the 2020 Olympic Games

World no. 5 P.V. Sindhu boasts a strong attack, but she feels that she now needs to strengthen her defence.   -  RITU Raj Konwar

The last few months have been very hectic for ace Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu, she shuttled from one tournament to another without much of a break. But she's now got a month-long break and the Olympic silver medallist is keen to make the most of it.

“We don’t have any tournaments for the next one month and yes, this is a good break to train and to get ready for the big tournaments in Indonesia, Japan and Thailand,” Sindhu told Sportstar on the sidelines of the Li-Ning Kerala Dealers’ Meet, here on Saturday.

She became the first Indian to win the World Tour Finals late last year in China, but hasn't got enjoyed similar success yet this year. She managed to reach the semifinals in just two tournaments in 2019 -- the India Open in March and the Singapore Open in April.

But the World No. 5 is working on new strokes and the arrival of South Korean coaches, former Asian Games gold medallist Kim Ji-hyun and Olympian Park Tae Sang, could be a huge blessing as she prepares for her big goal of winning Olympic gold at the 2020 Olympic Games.

“For the first time, I’m training with Koreans and Ji looks after me. I’m trying out new strokes and new stuff and this is the time I need to learn because everybody knows my game,” said Sindhu.

“It’s now time to change. Sometimes, it may not work but when you keep practising, it will definitely work after a few weeks or months,” she added.

Sindhu boasts a strong attack, but feels she needs to strengthen her defence.

“I’m a tall player, I attack a lot so people have come to expect that from me. I need to get stronger with my defensive strokes and that is what I’m doing right now. Now, everybody knows each other’s game, so mostly they give me downward strokes,” she noted.

With that being the situation, she is working on improving her deception.“Nowadays, everybody plays deceptive strokes but they need to land at the right place. So, we are trying the ‘stop-and-play’ and such things,” she added.