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I am gaining in confidence, says rising badminton star Sindhu

December 05, 2013 16:06 IST

I am gaining in confidence, says rising badminton star Sindhu

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India's rising badminton star P V Sindhu continued to take giant strides towards asserting herself as one of the best of Indian badminton.

With a string of morale boosting wins coming her way this year, Sindhu says she has become confident about taking on the more seasoned players on the international circuit next year.

"The competition is tough at the international level. There are very good players. There is nothing like a psychological barrier for me (for taking on top players from China and others). As you play, you gain confidence and improve," Sindhu said.

Ahead of the Macau Open, she won her maiden Grand Prix Gold title -- the Malaysian Open -- and also became the first medallist in women's singles at the World Championships this year.


Image: PV Sindhu of India
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She had spearheaded the Awadhe Warriors in inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL) this year.

"This year was good. It (the wins) gave me confidence. I would like to continue my good form," she said.

Replying to a query, she said she was disappointed over a lean phase she passed through after the World Championship and IBL.

"I lost some matches that time. I felt bad, but I felt it is part of the game. I kept on practising," Sindhu said.




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Sindhu made headlines after her win over Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui, draws inspiration from Saina Nehwal's on-court performances.

As several prestigious tournaments including the Super Series, the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games lined up for next year, the 18-year-old shuttler from Andhra Pradesh would like to give her best and is counting on the support of her mentor and national coach Pullela Gopichand in the endeavour.

"It is going to be hectic. The Senior Nationals are also there (later this month). There are many important tournaments. Gopi sir would guide me. I want to be fit and practice well," she said.




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