Hyderabad: There is an air of optimism as PV Sindhu prepares for the BWF Tour Final that will be held from December 12 to 16 at Guangzhou, China. The top eight players of the world participate in this year-ending badminton tournament.
Sindhu may not have won any major single title but she had a remarkable year nevertheless as she reached the finals of major tournaments like Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the World Championship. That gives her hope and satisfaction.
The 23-year-old therefore says it has been a good year. “I had some memorable tournaments, notably, the Commonwealth, the Asian Games and the World Championships. Yes, I had the setback of not winning the gold medals. But we had too many tournaments this year. A lot of hard work went into my preparation in the crowded calendar,’’ she said in an interview to Telangana Today on Sunday.
Sindhu pointed out that she is going with high hopes to Guangzhou and would love to win the elusive title “I would love to finish the year on a high. Last time I missed it narrowly but this time I hope I can break that jinx.”
“I also hope I can bring smiles to Indian fans. It is always great to be at the top. But badminton, as a sport, has been really doing well. Ending the year on a good note would be a great feeling.’’
She feels the competition is getting tougher and tougher. “It is becoming unpredictable as the top 15 to 20 players can be dangerous. The bar has been raised. We have seen some fierce competitions.’’
When reminded of the eight-time All-England champion Rudy Hartano’s remark that she can win gold in 2020 Olympics, Sindhu said it is nice to read a legend like him making such comments about her.
“That really helps. Of course, it is a big challenge. Expectations will be high. No doubt but I need to work hard. In world circuit, we know each other’s game. We have to keep on changing our strategies. The few advices are always good. It is a good sign to take all the tips and put them into practice.’’
Sindhu agreed that the game has changed a lot. “It is not that smashes that makes you aggressive. But there are other aspects of the game also. But one has to be prepared to take on different challenges. It is very important to be attacking but at the same time speed is very crucial on the court.
“The players are looking for new strategies. We can see plenty of rallies as the defence has become stronger. It is all about keeping the nerves and play a tight game. Therefore, speed, endurance and power are all crucial to the game. It is not all about power or big smashes. One has to be street smart on the court. I have worked hard on my defence. Hopefully, it will be a different Sindhu in this tournament.’’
Sindhu said in this year-ending tournament there will be top players and most of the matches will be challenging. “I’m prepared for that.’’
Although she has beaten the top players like Akane Yamaguchi, Nozomi Okuhara, Sindhu has not able to decode Tai Tzu Ying. “I am ready for Tai challenge. I may have lost to her couple of times but I think she is beatable. Somewhere down the line I made mistakes but this time I’m all geared up.’’