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World champion Sindhu's next target is Tokyo Olympics

Source: PTI
August 28, 2019 00:08 IST

'Definitely, we will be having few more skills, new skills. We will be working hard for the Olympics.'

PV Sindhu

IMAGE: PV Sindhu poses with her World Championships gold medal in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Photograph: SnapsIndia

Winning an elusive Olympic gold in Tokyo next year is PV Sindhu's top priority but reigning world champion's immediate target is to do well in the coming tournaments as this is the qualifying year for the quadrennial extravaganza.

 

Sindhu, who crushed Japanese Nozomi Okuhara to win become first Indian shuttler to win the World Championships title in Basel on Sunday, reached her hometown Hyderabad on Tuesday evening after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

Sindhu understands that expectations will be sky high but that is something that will also give her confidence.

"Responsibilities are always there. People would be expecting a lot more. For me, this win means a lot. It gives me a lot of confidence. I move forward with the same confidence," Sindhu said on Tuesday.

"As you know this is Olympics qualification year. It is step by step for me. Of course, my ultimate aim would be doing well at Tokyo 2020 Olympics. But before that I hope I do well in these coming tournaments as well," she added.

IMAGE: PV Sindhu with B Sai Praneeth, who won the bronze medal at the World Championships. Photograph: SnapsIndia

With an eye on Olympics, Sindhu is confident that she can add a few more dimensions to her game.

"Definitely, we will be having few more skills, new skills. We will be working hard for the Olympics. There will be lot more new things coming up."

Having lost the last three World Championships finals, Sindhu was desperate to make the fifth time count having learnt from her earlier mistakes.

"Last time, when I missed it, I felt bad. I worked hard. I have been learning from my mistakes. I came back stronger," Sindhu said.

IMAGE: PV Sindhu with her coach Pullela Gopichand, right, and B Sai Praneeth, left,. Photograph: SnapsIndia

However, she insisted that she was not under any kind of pressure in the title clash against Okuhara.

"I didn't think like finals. I didn't feel pressure. I played how I played in previous matches. If I  think I have to win, then that will put extra pressure. I just played like other matches. And yes, I have started doing meditation," she said.

On the circuit, most of the top players are pitted against each other on a regular basis and Sindhu feels that now there is a propensity among players to strategize as per match situation rather than having a fixed gameplan.

"Every time you are on court, you find style of play changing. So you need to strategize and change your game accordingly. I have been practising focussing on that aspect. We all know each other's game," she said.

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