PV Sindhu has revealed that she didn’t prepare for the final as some special match and went in against old nemesis Nozomi Okuhara as just another clash that she has had so many times in the past. The 24-year-old became the first Indian ever to win the BWF World Championships last Sunday.
It was one of the one-sided final possible as Sindhu took no more than 37 minutes to demolish the Japanese. Yet, when asked about her preparations for the match, the Indian top-ranked shuttler stated that he didn’t have any special strategy in place for the match.
“I did not think it was the final, I went in thinking it was just another match, the quarters or semi-finals or something. So, I was telling myself: “Okay, Sindhu, this is like any other match and you just need to give your full effort, your 100 per cent” and that’s how I played and won it,” said Sindhu, reported HT.
Sindhu’s coach Pullela Gopichand and new addition Kim Ji-hyun have come into limelight following the win and Sindhu delved deeper into what were their exact instructions during the close and crucial matches.
“It has been a couple of months that she [Kim] has joined and it has been really helpful for me. She had something in her mind and Gopi Sir had a few things in his, put together they helped me a lot. I have also done a couple of sessions on how to get the best out of my skills. Kim’s views definitely helped in bringing about a lot of improvement in my game. I had been working on all my strokes but sometimes learning from your mistakes also helps. So, she helped me work on my defence among other things,” said Sindhu.
Of course, the next big thing Indian fans would be looking forward would be the Olympics next year. And after beating the best of the best in the World Championships, there could be no reason to believe that Sindhu would fail to do that.
“Everybody wanted this (world title). After the Rio Olympics silver, expectations were really high. This win makes it more special as I am the first Indian to get gold. Tokyo 2020 is not far but right now, it’s step-by-step for me. I have to enjoy and feel this first. I am going to celebrate a lot now. I want to enjoy this moment,” she added.