Hyderabad: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu was close to making history in the All England championship last year but she let slip out of her hands as she lost an epic semifinal against World No. 2 Japanese Akane Yamaguchi.
As the 2019 edition begins from Wednesday in Birmingham, England, Sindhu recalls as it one of the close one that slipped from her grasp. But she makes another attempt to lay her hands on the coveted All England Trophy, the 23-year-old is determined to make history on the hollowed courts.
Saying she is aware that Prakash Paduokone and Pullela Gopichand were the ones who triumphed at this venue and Saina Nehwal lost in the final once, Sindhu is hopeful to win the All England championship this time. “It could be another big achievement for me.”
The Hyderabad-based shuttler, however, runs into a tough customer in Sung Ji Hyun of Korea. “My first round is not easy. I hope I do well. From the first round itself, it is tough. I have to give 100 per cent. But my preparations went off very well.”
“Each round is tough. Last time I lost in the semifinals. We have almost the same players. It all depends on the day’s performance, each point is very important and we have to be focused. Winning is very important.”
According to Sindhu, All England is one of the many tournaments in the calendar but the Indians have special memories because of Padukone and Gopichand. With rallies being the order of the day, Sindhu said they have to prepare accordingly. “The rallies are going to be very long ones and we can’t expect to win the points easily. At the same point, we should see that we don’t give away easy points. Strategy is very crucial as it has become more of a mind game. The players have become smart. The game has become fast.”
Sindhu said the shuttles are comparatively slower and the Birmingham stadium is a big one. “We have to be patient. Hopefully I win the All England championship this time.” Sindhu said the win at the BWF Tour Finals in December last year was a big boost to her career. “I could break the jinx. I have lot more to learn.”
She pointed out that she has worked on all her strokes. “I’m moving nicely on the court.” It will be busy schedule from All England but Sindhu is ready for the challenges. “We have to plan accordingly. From now, my focus will be All England and then the Olympic qualification.”