She has reached three quarters of final, two semifinals and one final this year, but a triumph for the title has eluded PV Sindhu. It has been eight months since the 24-year-old won the BWF World Tour Finals in December 2018, her biggest title to date, but the Olympic silver medalist is reasonably satisfied with her season so far.
To give that cutting edge to his deceptive strokes, Sindhu has extended his training sessions and is adjusting his game with South Korean coach Kim Ji Hyun.
“It has been good so far … I have been working to make my game more deceptive since I want to surprise my opponents.” I have been working on smaller goals that we have set out to achieve. I am working to achieve them and refine my game, “Sindhu said on Friday before leaving for Basel, Switzerland, where he will participate in the World Championship next week.
This time, the fifth seeded Sindhu has already progressed to the second round of single women with a goodbye. But it is not an easy draw. After what is probably an easy second round, the world’s No. 5 will likely face the ninth American seed Beiwen Zhang in Round 3. If it wins, India will face the second seed Tai Tzu Ying of China Taipei in the quarterfinals, someone who has a healthy 10-4 record against Sindhu.
The World Championship is the platform where the Hyderabadi obtained recognition for the first time, claiming bronze in 2013. It is the event that gave Sindhu the status of a great tournament player.
She lived up to her billing and added one more bronze and two silver in the following years, making her the only Indian to win four medals in the World Championship. His closest rival is Saina Nehwal, who has two: one silver and one bronze. But despite reaching the final in the last two editions, he lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in 2017 and the Spanish Carolina Marin last year.
“I have prepared well. I have been working closely with coach Kim for the past few months. I will do my best and I want to win a medal. There is no doubt that it is a great tournament, but I will play one game at a time and I will treat the games as one more game. I will play to win and I have prepared for it, ”said Sindhu, who recently completed his MBA (finance).
Although the tournament calendar is the same as last year, 2019 is of special importance since many of the best tournaments will be part of the Olympic qualification process. The four-year sports extravagance naturally makes athletes think, work, prepare differently, and Sindhu is no different.
“After returning from Malaysia and Japan, I have spent long hours training in the hope of winning a medal for the country.” That training paid off when he reached the Indonesian Open final in Jakarta last month, his first clash at the summit in eight tournaments and seven months.
“It’s the year of Olympic qualification, so staying on top, both physically and mentally, will be the key. The coaches and the team have prepared a good preparatory schedule. There were areas in my skills, and physically as well, where I needed to work, ”said Sindhu.
Despite being an experienced activist, does the growing public expectation put pressure on her? “I don’t think so. My job is to play and I focus on that.”