‘Focused on CWG and World Championship medal but my ultimate goal is Paris Olympics’: PV Sindhu

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu hopes that the Commonwealth Games will serve as a perfect launch pad for her quest to regain the world championship crown next month.

Sindhu, who won a silver and a bronze in the previous two editions, is chasing a gold medal in the ongoing Games and her immediate target after that will be the Tokyo World Championships from August 22-28.

“The ultimate goal is the Paris Olympics in 2024. But right now the focus is on winning the CWG medal and then the World Championship,” Sindhu told PTI during an interaction.

“Winning at the Commonwealth Games is a big achievement, it happens every four years. And representing one’s country at the top certainly gives a lot of pride. Hopefully gold this time around.”

Sindhu, who recently claimed the Singapore Open, has not been able to overcome Tai Tzu Ying’s hurdle in recent events.

The last time she won against the world No. 2 from Chinese Taipei was back during her dream title run at the 2019 World Championships.

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The Indian has since reeled off seven straight defeats, including a quarterfinal loss at last year’s World Championships, to take his career to 7-17.

She has also struggled against left-handers like Spain’s Carolina Marin or Korea’s NC Young.

“It’s nothing that I can’t break them. It’s very important that every match counts. It just depends on that particular day,” Sindhu disagreed when asked if any of them There is a technical error.

“Every player has a different style of play, a different stroke play. You should strategize accordingly because as I mentioned it just depends on that particular day. The badminton player added, There were many matches where seeded players lose in the first round, so it also depends on the court conditions.

Sindhu, who trains under Korea’s Park Tae-sang, has been a breakout star for India over the past decade and says focus on learning has been key to her success.

“Even for me, I need a lot of practice. I also need to focus on my strokes every single day. I can’t think that I won a medal and did well. It doesn’t matter, it’s the past. There’s more to learn. Every day is a learning process for everyone,” said the two-time Olympic medalist.

The 27-year-old from Hyderabad has bagged a maximum of five World Championship medals, one silver and one bronze at the Asian Games, two bronzes at the Asian Championships to go with her silver and bronze at the Rio and Tokyo Olympics. Medals are won. He also won the BWF World Tour Finals in 2018.

Sindhu said that focusing on fitness has been the mantra of her injury-free run in international badminton.

“It’s very important to be physically fit, I would say, as a player that’s what we train for and we need to stay injury free. Not only on the court but also off the court, taking care of your body. Very important. In terms of training, it’s important to stay fit because they are back-to-back tournaments,” he said.

“It is important that you make sure that your body is 100 per cent. If you are not on target, you will not be able to play tournaments and matches. Any player would like to stay injury free,” Sindhu concluded. derived

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