Newly crowned World champion P.V. Sindhu says she will be marked by opponents and she will have to prepare a new strategy for every game to maintain her hold on international badminton. After the historic World Championships gold, Sindhu will next play at the China Open and Korea Open in September.
PV Sindhu won the World Championships gold medal after defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in a lop-sided final at Basel, Switzerland last month.
Olympic silver medalist, Sindhu, who also boasts of two silver and two bronze at the world championships, feels that she now might potentially need to resort to new strategy in order to counter her opponents since she feels that there'll be more focus on her now after the World Championship triumph.
“Pressure and responsibility will now be more. I know everybody will mark me now after the World Championship. Now I have to really work harder and change a few things and come with new things because everyone can see my game and know what I am playing. So I have to go with new strategy every time I go into the court,” Sindhu was quoted as saying by Times of India.
Sindhu will next appear at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 (September 17-22) and Korea Open World Tour Super 500 (September 24-29) at Changzhou and Incheon respectively.
“I am preparing for China and Korea Open, I will be leaving in a few days, that is my immediate goal. I hope to give my best,” she said on the sidelines of the PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship.
“This (gold) medal gave a big boost and I will move with this confidence. There are many events before Olympics, so I will just give 100 percent instead of taking pressure,” she added.
The 24-year-old who hails from Hyderabad, also credited her parents for making sacrifices over the years and addressed that the world championships gold took a long time coming.
“I have been wanting this gold for five years. I have been losing every time. I also used to feel sad, but I always kept fighting back and working hard. My parents made a lot of sacrifices for me,” she concluded.
“Coaches role also has been important. My first coach was Mehboob Ali and then I have been under Gopi sir since I was 10. In badminton, you need to have a strong mindset,” she further added.