Area in Tokyo is filled with tough gamers, says Sindhu

Today News Online Service

New Delhi, June 3

Shuttler PV Sindhu was amongst the first stars to wish Carolina Marin a speedy recovery after it was revealed that due to a knee injury the Spaniard would not be able to defend her women’s singles Olympics title at the Tokyo Games.

Marin, who had beaten Sindhu in a thrilling final to take the gold medal in the Rio Olympics, was one of the favourites going into the Tokyo Games. Despite Marin’s absence, Sindhu feels that her job will not be any easier as there are many strong contenders still in the fray.

“You cannot take it easy. There are a lot of good players in the circuit, from Tai Tzu-Ying to Ratchanok (Intanon),” Sindhu said during a media interaction moderated by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) today.

“It is unfortunate that Carolina Marin won’t be a part of the Games but I feel everybody would give their 100 per cent. There are a lot of tricky players and we have to look out for them,” the 25-year-old added.

The 2019 world champion, who went to England during last year’s pandemic, informed that she is training at Gachibowli, Hyderabad, to get a feel of playing in a large venue and to adapt to the drift.

“I am training at Gachibowli now. It is an excellent facility and I got prior permission to train there. The thing is we need to practise in such places as big tournaments are normally held in such places where drift from the air conditioning changes,” said Sindhu, who further stated that she is also attached with the Suchitra Academy to work on her strength and conditioning.

‘I have improved’

Talking about her preparations, Sindhu said she has worked hard and is looking forward to the Games.

“It is always one step at a time for me. When I started this year, it was not great because of the big gap due to the lockdown. But I came back and rectified my mistakes,” Sindhu said.

“I played in England and improved my game. Game-wise, I feel I have improved. Attack is my strong point but I am also focusing a lot on defence. I have to be prepared for everything. All in all, I’m looking forward to the Games,” she added.

“Yes, 2016 was completely different. The responsibilities are a lot more now. In Tokyo, I just want to take it day by day. I did not know the feel and atmosphere last time as it was my first Olympics but now I know. Responsibilities and expectations are there. Every player will read your game and everyone knows one another’s game,” she said.

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