Sindhu shifts focus to All England Open

For the double Olympics medallist, P.V. Sindhu, the focus shifts to the All England Championship after a disappointing outing in the German Open last week.

The 26-year-old Sindhu is keen to move on and not get stuck by the odd dismal shows in a major event.

โ€œYes, there is no point in looking back and getting into a state of despair. We have to look ahead, make the necessary changes for better results,โ€ Sindhu said in a chat with Sportstar. โ€œThis has been my philosophy and that is how I was groomed by my parents,โ€ she said.

โ€œYes, definitely it will be great to win the All England championship. But, it doesnโ€™t mean it is the end of all. Given the fact that I have won five World championship medals including gold, and a silver and a bronze each in two consecutive Olympics besides many more super series titles including the BWF World Tour finals once, I honestly look at All England as just another event,โ€ Sindhu explained.

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โ€œAs I always say, the effort to keep improving is a continuous process. And, I am really glad to work with my coach Park Tae-Sang and hope to have a great year which also features some of the big events including the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the World championships,โ€ she said.

Any specific areas of focus during training sessions? โ€œIt is obvious that most of my opponents donโ€™t give me the freedom to go for those attacking shots that easily any more. So, there has been a conscious effort to shore up my defence and I am pleased with the way I have improved in this area too,โ€ Sindhu said.

โ€œWell, generally, I donโ€™t give too much importance to the draw in any major event. After All, you cannot take anyone for granted at this level. Sometimes even an unknown opponent can be a dangerous player. So, the onus is on me to produce my best on the given day throughout the tournament to keep winning titles,โ€ she concluded.

Sindhu will play China’s Wang Zhi Yi in the opening round of the All England Open which begins in Birmingham on Wednesday.

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