Prakash Padukone: Sindhu's world title red letter day for Indian badminton

Prakash Padukone believes P.V. Sindhu can go on to dominate women's badminton after her victory in the BWF World Championships in Basel on Sunday.

Padukone felt Sindhu's win augured well for her chances of winning the gold medal at next year's Olympics.   -  getty images

Prakash Padukone believes P.V. Sindhu can go on to dominate women's badminton after her victory in the BWF World Championships in Basel on Sunday.

"If she can remain injury-free and choose the right tournaments, she can definitely win all the major tournaments and be World No.1 for a long time," Padukone told Sportstar.

"She's at her best right now. It's the first time an Indian has won the World Championships. I had a feeling she'd win today but I didn't expect that it would be so easy. It's a red letter day for Indian badminton."

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Padukone felt Sindhu's win augured well for her chances of winning the gold medal at next year's Olympics but he also cautioned against putting too much pressure on the 24-year-old. "Now that she's won a very important event, and that too very convincingly, it should give her a lot of confidence going into the Olympics. I hope she will be able to repeat this performance there.

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"But it's not something we should take for granted. We should not put too pressure on her. It's important she takes little breaks in between, tries to peak at the right time," he said.

Sindhu had faltered in successive finals before crossing the line on Sunday but Padukone stated that he had never doubted her ability. "Earlier, when people asked if she would ever win, I maintained that she definitely would,” he said. “I knew it was just a matter of time and a little experience. Even now she's still very young. She has a bright future."

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