PV Sindhu: I'll fight to change colour of medal at World Championship

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PV Sindhu: I'll fight to change colour of medal at World Championship

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SportsCafe Desk

08/21/2017

Two-time Bronze medallist at the World Championship, PV Sindhu is determined to win gold at the ongoing World Badminton Championship at Glasgow this time. Sindhu has got a bye in the first round and will open her campaign against either Korea's Kim Hyo Min or Egypt's Hadia Hosny in the second round.

Sindhu’s last outing at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow wasn’t really a great one as despite being the run-away favourite at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the absence of defending champion Saina Nehwal, she suffered two losses against Canada’s Mitchell Li in the team event and then the individual semi-finals. However, Sindhu has become a much better shuttler after that winning two Superseries titles - China Open in November 2016 and India Open in April 2017 - along with an Olympic silver at Rio.

Her efforts and achievements also mean that the Hyderabad lass will enter this year's world championship as one of the favourites and Sindhu insisted that she will give her best to grab the gold medal this time and make her country proud.  

"I think it has been two months since Australia Open, so I got enough time to practice. Form wise, I am perfectly all right, so I hope I give my best and do well," Sindhu was quoted as saying by PTI.

"I am definitely looking for a medal here and hopefully, better than the bronze this time, I also want to change the colour, so will fight for that," Sindhu added.

Having received a bye in the first round, Sindhu is most likely to face world number 42 Kim Hyo Min Korwa in the second round, who may pose a huge challenge for the Indian on her way to bigger battles. 

“I think I have got much better with my physical and mental preparation. I am a lot more confident and that helps me when under pressure,” said the 22-year-old.

Sindhu was beaten by Spain's Carolina Marin at the Rio Olympics final, however, she settled the scores at the India Open final this year in April.

"It was important for me to win the India Open. It was good to win in front of the home crowd - there were a lot of people in India who couldn't make it to Rio and were excited to be there.

“After winning an Olympic silver, it is obvious that there will be pressure to win a medal here but now I have got used to it. I have prepared well and I am feeling good about myself,” she added.

With Sindhu and Marin in different halves of the draw and world number one Tai Tzu Ying opting out of the championship to play in the World University Games back home, a repeat of the Rio final is still on the cards.

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