Sindhu: 'I'll carry the confidence of my Worlds silver into Asiad'

While asserting that there was no ‘finals phobia’, the world championship silver-medallist said she was confident of Indian badminton contingent performing well at the Asian Games.

World Championship silver-medallist P.V. Sindhu at the Gopi Chand Academy in Hyderabad on Tuesday.   -  K.V.S. Giri

There were no drum beats or fanfare to welcome two-time World Championship silver-medallist P.V. Sindhu at the Gopi Chand Academy on Tuesday. She had suffered yet another loss in a final, this time to Carolina Marin at the World Championships in Nanjing, China.

Sindhu, however, asserted that there was no ‘finals phobia’ as such and that it was always better to reach there instead of losing early in any championship.

“There will be some days when things don’t fall in place like the Worlds final against Marin last Sunday. But, to reach there was not that easy,” she said. 

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The champion shuttler, possessing four medals in Worlds, insisted that she would love to look at the positives than think or care too much about the negatives being floated by many.

“We need to learn from our mistakes as most of us in the circuit have been playing against each other so frequently.. For instance, the Japanese players engage you in long rallies with the matches lasting more than one hour frequently. You have to be prepared for these things,” she explained.

P.V. Sindhu with her parents P. V. Ramana and P. Vijaya at Gopi Academy in Hyderabad.   -  K.V.S. Giri


“Marin has always been a very aggressive player and has her own style of game and strategies which can rattle the opponent. I don't want to say that the way she hurried herself to serve on a couple of occasions, which also saw the umpire warn her, was the reason for my defeat,” she explained.

“I must say that I did make crucial mistakes especially in the second half of the first game which if I had won the story could have been different,” she recalled.

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“It was nice on Marin’s part to hug me after the final. We are always good friends but as you all know, once you enter the court, you have to be different and fully focussed,” Sindhu said

“Yes, it is obvious that I have to try harder next time to be the world champion. It is not that I was not prepared really well. Everyone comes to a major like the World championship fully prepared. I am sure one day I will win the gold in Worlds,” Sindhu, flanked by chief national coach P. Gopi Chand, said.

Reflecting on the forthcoming Asian Games, Sindhu said that there was very little time for the players to prepare. “We all know it is a hectic BWF calendar this year, we have to prepare and train accordingly too,” the Hyderabadi said.

“Yes, we should improve upon our last Asian Games performances given the kind of impact the Indian shuttlers have been making of late. Personally, I think I can take the confidence of my second Worlds silver into the Asiad,” she concluded.

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