Shuttler PV Sindhu aiming for the pinnacle

first_imgPV Sindhu has been taking big strides in her fledgling career. On Saturday, the shuttler became the first Indian to win the girls’ singles title in the Asian Youth Under-19 Championships at Gimcheon, Korea.Inspired by the victory, the 25th ranked Sindhu says she will do whatever it takes to be the world No.1. This year she is targeting to crack the top-10.At 17 years, Sindhu is already the second Indian to appear in world rankings, after Saina Nehwal, who is ranked fifth.”I will train harder because I want to be the world No.1,” Sindhu told Mail Today on her return to Hyderabad on Monday. “I know this will not be easy, but I can achieve it. This year I would be aiming to be among the top 10 in the world.”It has been a tough four weeks for Sindhu as she played in four successive tournaments, starting with the Thailand Open, before tasting victory in Korea.Sindhu has been in remarkable form in the tournament and beat four players without conceding a game. She, however, went through some tense moments in the final against second seed Okhura Nozomi of Japan 18-21, 21-17, 22-20. Sindhu said her sweetest win was over Chinese Sun Yu who had beaten her before.”I wanted to beat her this time. I had lost to her at the Asian juniors last time,” she said.After a startling start to her international career last year, Sindhu made it to the quarter-finals of the India Open Super Series beating players like Tai Tzu Ying and Sung Ji Hyun. “I have put in lot of effort after the India Open and worked on my weaknesses.”advertisementAt the Super Series tournaments prior to the Asian Championship, Sindhu exited in the first or second round.”I need to play more competitive tournaments and get more experience at the top level.The more I play the top players, the more I will improve.”Coach Pullela Gopichand was elated at Sindhu’s victory. “She is very talented and we have lot of hopes from her. She is coming up fast and the day is not far when she will be making it to the quarters and semi-finals of big events regularly,” he said.”The girls she has beaten at the Asian Juniors are the next generation players. Sindhu has shown she is one of them.”last_img

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