Will give best shot for CWG, ASIAD
Will give best shot for CWG, ASIAD. Fresh from a visit to New Delhi where she inaugurated the first retail outlet of sportswear leader, Li Ning, P V Sindhu is back to work.
Fresh from a visit to New Delhi where she inaugurated the first retail outlet of sportswear leader, Li Ning, P V Sindhu is back to work.
Looking totally refreshed, Sindhu is a picture of poise and determination as she begins her training sessions at Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy.
The season has been truly rewarding and she understands that the expectations of the people have more than doubled.
"I am aware that every future outing of mine will be carefully followed because the year ahead is an extremely crucial for me at the personal level and to the country to a larger extent. I have regrouped myself and will aim to go further up both in terms of game and rankings,' says the lanky teenager.
If 2013 has been a career high, she hopes to replicate the form if not improve further. "With back-to-back tournaments, the schedule is rather tight. It is only this month that I get to have a free time. My preparations are going on well for All England (March 4 to 9), where I will give my best shot for a semifinal berth," points out Sindhu on the immediate target that lies ahead. If last year was good, then she has begun the new season with equal gust. She lost the summit clash to Saina Nehwal in the Syed Modi International at Lucknow but compensated for it with a title triumph in the All India Senior ranking in Kochi.
Reflecting on the career graph, she explains that "I had a good start to 2014 and I hope to sustain the form into All England and the Swiss Open thereafter. It will be followed by Super Series events.' Of course, bigger events are lined up for the second half of the year, including Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. "Gopi sir will decide which events to play. I'm excited it would be first time I would play in Commonwealth Games, where I strongly believe our performances will be better than in 2010."
However, she hopes to scale dizzier heights by doing well in all tournaments so that she can rise in the rankings.
"I wish to win many tournaments. I have been winning medals but I have to improve a lot. I want to see myself occupying the number six ranking by end of this year," says the current World No 10.
The Thomas and Uber Cup Finals will be held in New Delhi from May 18 to 25 and the Arjuna awardee is aware that the expectations will be very high in the prestigious tournament.
"I have to work on consistency and maintain my ranking. It's just the starting of my career. I have to improve a lot on all my strokes. I need to be confident of using my strokes in match situations. My net play have informed," she said.
On her game-plan when playing against Saina Nehwal, Sindhu says that she needed to be more aggressive on the court.
"I think comparatively, I have played better in Syed Modi then in Indian Badminton League (IBL). I have to play more rallies and attack her. But next time, I have to be more aggressive, fight it out and not take it easy. She is an experienced player and I have to give my 100 per cent," says Sindhu, who is trying to take complete advantage of her height and improve on court coverage and develop a devastating stroke-play.