Sindhu should have attacked more says father

“I think Sindhu should have attacked more but may be her gameplan was what the coaches wanted," felt P.V. Ramana, after Sindhu’s loss in the BWF World Championships final to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.

Sindhu Pusarla returns against Nozomi Okuhara during their women's singles final match during the 2017 BWF World Championships at Emirates Arena.   -  AFP

P.V. Ramana, father of P. V. Sindhu, is disappointed but not dispirited as he feels the Rio Olympics silver medallist played her heart out against a wonderful opponent, Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the World Championship final in Scotland on Sunday.

"Obviously this should go down as one of the longest and physically demanding finals at this level, " Ramana said at his reisdence immediately after Sindhu settled for silver.

"We were confident of a medal from the start and once she entered the final, we hoped she would win the gold," he said.

"I think Sindhu should have attacked more but may be her gameplan was what the coaches wanted," Ramana said.

"Well, I feel the shorter Okuhara could move faster than Sindhu. I think Sindhu should work out more on endurance levels now," he said.

"I also feel Sindhu did not play as well as she did in the semis but again, full credit to the Japanese girl for the way she played in crunch time," he said.

'"By all means this World championship final is a great advertisement for women's badminton itself and hope many girls will be inspired to take up the sport," Ramana said.

"Now the focus for Sindhu shifts to becoming the World No. 1 by the end of this year which she is really longing for," he said.