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Why Sindhu is struggling to break the final jinx

Source: PTI
November 28, 2018 20:24 IST
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'Sometime it does upset you when you lose in the finals, or even in a quarter-final or semi-final, especially when you think may be I could have played better or even if you gave your 100 percent and even then you lose.'

PV Sindhu

IMAGE: PV Sindhu was beaten in the finals at Commonwealth Games, Asian Games the World Championship, India Open and Thailand Open. Photograph: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

India's badminton ace P V Sindhu believes she would be in top form at the BWF's World Tour Final as a recent break gave her the time to be well-prepared for the season-ending tournament, starting on December 12.


Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, who finished runner-up at the last edition of the event in Dubai, skipped last week's Syed Modi International in Lucknow to focus on the $1,500,000 event to be held in Guangzhou.

It is the third time that the Indian ace qualified for the prestigious event and asked if she would be in better form this time, Sindhu said: "Ya, because I have enough time to prepare this time.

"I hope I do well in this tournament. I am confident of giving my best. It is one of the biggest tournaments with all the top players and it will be tough but I really want to win it."

Sindhu continued her impressive form this year, claiming silver medals at all the major events -- Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the World Championship, besides finishing runners-up at India Open and Thailand Open.

Talking about the final losses that were difficult to digest, Sindhu said: "I played five finals and lost and those were tough to take but I am happy with the Asian Games results. I mean, overall some good results and some upsets in the finals."

The 23-year-old listed several factors that might have led to her summit losses, which were a talking point this year.

"Sometime it does upset you when you lose in the finals, or even in a quarter-final or semi-final, especially when you think may be I could have played better or even if you gave your 100 percent and even then you lose."

"Sometimes you don't play up to the mark and you win even then. You think that you should have played better. You have to just think it is not your day. For example in 2017 World championship final, it was not my day because I gave everything in that match," she added.

So who were the players she found difficult to beat this year?

"I feel everyone is of same standard, it is not like one is tough. It is all about that particular day. You can see a lot of juniors coming up, so we have to give your best against even the lower-ranked players," she said.

On her six successive losses to Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying, Sindhu said: "Of course Tai Tzu is a deceptive player, she is the World No.1 but still I feel it was about that particular day.

"Actually, I feel it is not so have to prepare for her strokes. She (Tzu Ying) is deceptive in the sense that she has that confidence in her that if she plays a particular stroke, she will get that point.

"But if we can keep the shuttle in the court and take her strokes then it should be fine," she explains.

In a gruelling season, Sindhu played as many as 18 tournaments and she said there is hardly any time to reflect on the matches.

"We don't have much time but whatever time we get, we need to analyse and know what mistakes we are doing. We have to pick our tournaments where you can give your best, it is tough, you have to be mentally and physically fit.

"It is very important to be confident and strong even if you lose, because you know there are tournaments coming up next and you have to be prepared for it," she said.

Once the World Tour Finals are over, Sindhu will turn her attention to the Premier Badminton League (PBL) where she will play for Hyderabad Hunters, taking on Olympic champion Carolina Marin, in the opening match on December 22.

"I am really looking forward to play Carolina and I hope it turns out to be a match to remember," said Sindhu while talking about the the Spaniard, who will represent Pune 7 Aces this season.

"I will be representing my own city and that makes this opening clash even more special. You can expect full-throated support from the Hunters which will prove to be our strength as we face Pune."

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