3th June, 2021
India's top badminton player PV Sindhu said that she is working on new skills and techniques to trouble her rivals at the Tokyo Olympics. Rio Olympic silver medalist and world champion Sindhu feels that the rest due to the coronavirus pandemic gave her an opportunity to overcome weaknesses in her sport and add something new to it. Her tough rival and defending champion Carolina Marin will not be able to defend her Olympic title due to a knee injury, but Sindhu knows the competition will still be tough.
In the virtual press conference organized by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Sindhu said, "The top 10 players in the women's circuit are of the same level. If a player doesn't play, you can't take it easily." He said, "There are players like Tai Tzu Ying, Ratchanok Intanon, Nozomi Okuhara, and Akene Yamaguchi. These are all good players. You can't say it will be easy if one player is absent. I can't be comfortable with this. I have to focus on doing my best."
Sindhu had lost to Marin in 2016 Olympic final and the 2017 World Championships title match. "Some players like Ratchanok are dangerous. He is a skilled player. We have to be careful with that." Sindhu said, "As far as I am concerned, it has been a great time for me to improve my technique and skills. I have improved. It's good that I got so much time. Normally we don't get time to correct our mistakes or learn new skills.
He said, "It takes time. So I have this time and I am using it. Hopefully, I will have some new techniques and skills in the Olympics." Sindhu said that she and other players will have to be careful with Chinese players, as they have not been playing in competitions for some time.
Sindhu said, "He hasn't played for a long time. We haven't seen them. Chen Yu Fei and Hee Bing Xiao are very good players. The circumstances will be completely different in the Olympics. You can't underestimate your rivals." Talking about her strengths, Sindhu said that she always likes to play aggressive games.
He said, "Attack is my strong side. My opponents know my game and so I am working on my defense. I am tall so my attack is good. I have to be ready for every stroke, everything." The Hyderabad-based player said that practicing at the Gachibowli Stadium is the ideal preparation for the Olympics as it gives her the feeling of playing in big stadiums. He said, "We may not know about each other's game right now because we have not played for the last two months. I have been practicing in Gachibowli after the Thailand Open and it is really helpful as it is an international level stadium.
Sindhu said, "When you play in a big stadium, you have to control your shuttle and drift, which is very important. When you play abroad, the shuttle can go faster because of the AC. So when you have facilities, why not use them."
"It would have been nice if they were also there," he said. No one knew that the circumstances would be like this. Everyone tried their best but unfortunately, the tournament was canceled due to the safety of the players. Life is first We will be tested every day in the Olympics as well.
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