Sindhu: Looking to win All England, Olympic medal this year

The World No. 12, still looking for her maiden Super Series title, is obviously preparing hard to attain the goals.

The World no. 12 is working on adding strength to her strokes, her movements and defence.   -  PTI

“It is great to win a title (Malaysia Masters) at the start of the year and now I am ready for more.” The simplicity of a spontaneous P. V. Sindhu comes across even when she speaks about her goals for the year ahead.

“I want the All England title, a medal in the Olympics and a few Super Series titles this year.”

The World No. 12, still looking for her maiden Super Series title, is obviously preparing hard to attain the goals.

“I am working on adding strength to my strokes, my movements and of course, my defence. These days, the game has become so competitive that you cannot afford to have any weaknesses. Winning a title always helps your confidence and I’m looking forward to another good week here.”

Just over 48 hours after regaining the Malaysia Masters title, a visibly-upbeat Sindhu landed at the Babu Banarsi Das Indoor Stadium on Tuesday evening and spoke to Sportstar on the challenges she will face this week .

“The field is quite similar to the one I played last week. For instance, I expect a repeat match with (Lindaweni) Fanetri and a semi-final clash against (second-seeded Korean) Sung Ji Hyun. They will be hungry for revenge and I have to be prepared for them,” said Sindhu. She also acknowledged the advantage of home support saying “that should help in the tougher matches.”

Olympic prep

Asked about her preparations for the Rio Olympics, Sindhu said, “There are quite a few top players with different styles and one has to prepare differently for them. These days, there are no easy pickings. So mentally you have to go into every match thinking you cannot afford to trail at any stage.

“There are quite a few attacking players in the big league and you have to depend on your defence to stay in the match. Overall, there are several areas where you keep working and look to improve.”