Sindhu had a great year and finished even better, says Gopichand

P.V. Sindhu finished the year on a high by clinching the BWF World Tour Finals title.

Coach Pullela Gopichand says Sindhu remained consistent throughout this year.   -  Vivek Bendre

National coach Pullela Gopichand attributed P.V. Sindhu’s remarkable win in the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China, to mainly two reasons; being dominant on the strategy side. However, Gopichand chose not to reveal the particulars of the strategy though.

Reaching the Asian Games final in Jakarta was Sindhu’s best in three months, but at Guangzhou, she dominated the scene and took the world centre stage in a true manner, to the extent that at the Tianhe Gymnasium, Sindhu dropped just one game against her famous nemesis, Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.

Sindhu beat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, Tai Tzu, USA’s Beiwen Zhang, Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon and Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara to win the World Tour Finals title.

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"She played well in the previous five tournaments also. It’s just that she converted everything at Guangzhou. She was fresh for the finals. She was not tired. Sometimes in a few tournaments she was a little tired in the finals. Moreover, she played to her strengths and from the strategy side, I thought, she played better. I don’t think we needed to do anything drastic. We changed small things during training and she was consistent right through the tournament. We were also smart on court," said Gopichand during the launch of the Vodafone PBL season 4 here on Friday.

What could now be expected of Sindhu after this title win? "We are learning everytime and so also the opponents. They too would have watched these matches. They would come out with their plan and strategy and we will have to find the answers.

"This experience has been good. She did well at the CWG and Asian Games. It’s not easy to be consistent for anyone, except for Tai Tzu; and I would say Sindhu too has been consistent. I believe she has had a great year and she finished it off, even better," said Gopichand.