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India’s top badminton player PV Sindhu says 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 relaxation due to the coronavirus pandemic has given her an opportunity to overcome weaknesses in her sport and add something
Her tough rival and defending champion Carolina Marin will not be able to defend her Olympic title with a knee injury but Sindhu knows the competition will still be tough. Sindhu said in a virtual press conference organized by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), “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.’
“There are players like Tai Tzu Ying, Ratchanoke Intanon, Nozomi Okuhara and Akene Yamaguchi. These are all good players. You can’t say that 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 the 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. Usually 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 have to be careful with Chinese players as they have not been playing in competitions for some time now. 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. In the Olympics, the circumstances will be completely different. You cannot underestimate your rivals.
Talking about her strengths, Sindhu said that she always likes to play aggressive games. He said, ‘Attack is my strong side. The opponents know my game and so I am working on my defense as well. I am tall so my attack is good. I have to be ready for every stroke, everything.
The Hyderabad 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. “We might not know about each other’s game right now because we haven’t 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 overseas, the shuttle can go faster because of the AC. So when you have facilities why not use them.
Sindhu also expressed sympathy for Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth who will miss the Olympics due to the cancellation of qualifying events. He said, ‘It would have been nice if they were also there. 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 Even in the Olympics, we will be tested every day.