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I am working on stroke play for Rio Olympics: Sindhu

Deccan Chronicle| wriddhaayan bhattacharyya

Published on: May 30, 2016 | Updated on: May 30, 2016

The 20-year-old ace shuttler says players and opponents keep changing their game.

PV Sindhu, along with Saina Nehwal, will compete in the women's singles event in Rio Olympics starting August 5. (Photo: DC/ Shripad Naik)

PV Sindhu, along with Saina Nehwal, will compete in the women's singles event in Rio Olympics starting August 5. (Photo: DC/ Shripad Naik)

Mumbai: PV Sindhu – the modern-day fairy tale of Indian badminton – is all set to experience her first Olympics. The 20-year-old will compete in women’s singles, along with compatriot Saina Nehwal, in the magnum opus starting August 5 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

The world number 10 shuttler, supported by Olympic Gold Quest, spared a few minutes with this correspondent sharing her thoughts. Excerpts…

How is the pressure of going into an event like Olympics?

We had a motivational session with Prakash (Padukone) sir. He told us we shouldn’t build up that pressure thinking that Rio is coming and we have to play well. But we all know it is going to be there. On top of that, it is my first and I am excited.

What would be the changes in your training?

There might be changes in stroke play. Players and opponents keep changing their game. We need to change and plan accordingly to avoid deception.

The drop shot caused problems for you before…

I have been working on every stroke which has to be perfect. There is lot more to learn. I am not only focussing on tackling drop shots but the whole game.

Why did you skip the Indonesia Open? It could have added to your rehearsal for Rio.

I played too many tournaments in a row and I thought training would be more important now. I will be playing in Australia and USA and also have training sessions in between. It is important to be fit.

How is Pullela Gopichand, your coach, guiding you?

The task starts with him now. Since the event is two months away, I will have to sit and plan with him. He is giving all facilities that is required. I never had to ask for anything.

What makes Saina special?

Whenever she is on court, she doesn’t leave it. She fights till the last minute. She always goes for it. Her mind is in place and probably tells her to go for it come what may.

What are your expectations from the doubles duo Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa?

They have been doing well. Both were good in Thomas and Uber Cup. The TOP scheme has been supportive too.

An Olympic medal is the best addition to any athlete’s resume. How will you keep the hunger alive suppose you win one?

I will be happy but I won’t take it easy. There are many more tournaments to win – World Championships and All England Championship for example.

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