PV Sindhu’s performance in the Rio Olympics united the nation, a nation that was left bereft of medals despite coming close on a number of occassions. Sindhu saved the nation’s pride(to some extent) and hasn’t looked back since. She has stamped her authority over the world badminton circuit, winning world events and cementing her place in the ‘Badminton elite’ of the world.
But for Pullela Gopichand, everything comes to down to nothing, if players don’t perform in the Olympic games or the World Championships, as these two events separate the good from the great. And that is exactly what PV Sindhu aims to do.
“I think it has been two months since Australia Open, so I got enough time to practice. Form wise, I am perfectly all right, so I hope I give my best and do well,” Sindhu said.
“I am definitely looking for a medal here and hopefully, better one the bronze this time, I also want to change the colour, so will fight for that,” she added.
Sindhu features in the top half of the draw and has a bye in the first round.
In the 2016 Rio Games, Sindhu had to settle for the silver medal, as she came second best in a tantalising final against Carolina Marin.
But Sindhu was able to get her revenge in the India Open, where she completely bamboozled Marin with her all-court play.
“It was important for me to win the India Open. It was good to win in front of the home crowd – there were a lot of people in India who couldn’t make it to Rio and were excited to be there,” Sindhu concluded.
Sindhu will take on either Korea’s Kim Hyo Min or Egypt’s Hadia Hosny in the second round of the event.