Sindhu to pick and choose tournaments in 2018

December 22, 2017

BadmintonSindhu to pick and choose tournament


CHENNAI: It’s been a great year for PV Sindhu, though she had to endure her share of heartbreaks. The losses in the finals of World Championships and the Dubai Super Series Finals still rankle, but the queen of the courts is taking heart from her two title wins. “I didn’t actually feel that there was one particular mistake I did and lost (those two matches). In a game, you win and lose – and that’s how I look at it. I just felt it wasn’t my day and I don’t have any regrets. But overall all those matches were nice and extremely tight,” said Sindhu during the launch of Chennai Smashers’ jersey on Thursday.

Her peers Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin have hit out at the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) cramped international calendar, but Sindhu chose not to dwell too much on the issue. “There’s no point blaming the BWF as the schedule is already made and nothing is going to change. Instead, what we can do is discuss with our coaches on what tournaments to play. Accordingly, we will play (in events) we want to and in a few tournaments the upcoming youngsters should go and play. It will give them exposure,” Sindhu said.

In 2018, Sindhu will pick and choose her tournaments in order to be in the best possible shape. “Yes, that should be the case since you have to be fit. For that, you have to think and choose tournaments you are going to play,” said Sindhu.

The 2016 Olympics silver medalist felt there should be a window for tournaments such as the Premier Badminton League (PBL) since it offers an opportunity to not only interact with international stars but also provides a chance to fine-tune the game. “We get the top-ranked players from the across the world coming and playing in PBL. The young kids will get inspired and it’s really important we play such leagues. Tournaments such as these give us a chance to interact with the overseas players and know their views on our game and where we can improve,” she added.

Sindhu was pleased with the way the year has turned out for Indian men’s shuttlers on the international circuit. “Their performances have been top-notch right through the year. Be it K Srikanth, HS Prannoy or Sai Praneeth – they have been doing consistently well and you will see more youngsters coming up the ranks in the future,” she said.

Chennai Smashers will start their title defence on December 23 when they take on Awadhe Warriors in Guwahati.

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