Emulating Saina’s feats will be great, feels PV Sindhu

first_imgPV Sindhu is focussed to do well at the India Open Super Series badminton. The next best Indian after Saina Nehwal in women’s singles, 16- year-old Sindhu has been phenomenal in her first year in the senior circuit.Saina’s rise fanned the hopes of seeing more Indian players following her footsteps. There has been effectively none so far. But Sindhu, ranked 27th in the world, knows the kind of beginning she has made, and is carrying forward the legacy of Indian badminton.”It feels good when people start comparing me with Saina. I have been hearing a lot about it. But I know I have a long way to go to catch up with her. It will not come easy. It will be nice if I get close to her,” Sindhu said Mail Today on Tuesday.”Now that I am ranked a bit higher, I will be getting direct entries in main draws, so that will be a big help. My first aim is to crack the top-15 in world rankings by year-end.”Both Saina and I train under Pullela Gopichand sir and we practice together. We keep discussing the game.”  Sindhu will be up against Tzu Ying Tai in the first round here and she said she was confident of doing well against the Chinese Taipei player. “I have played her twice and lost a close game at the All England.I have trained hard for this event. I have worked on my strokes as well as my speed, and I want to give my best.” The teenager won three international challenge events in 2011 in the Maldives, Indonesia and India, before winning the Swiss International and finishing runner- up at the Dutch Open. She finished the year ranked 31.advertisement”I surprised myself after winning the Indonesia international challenge. It was a very happy moment for me when I beat top seed Fransiska Ratnasari who had beaten me earlier,” he said.”Winning points is easy at the junior level. But at the top level, there are a lot of long rallies. In the tournament in Indonesia, I had 10-15- stroke rallies before winning a point. You need a lot of endurance and speed to win and I have been working on that,” she stressed.”Earlier, I used to feel bad after losing a match. Now I know that I have to quickly move on. You have to play well in the crucial moments of the game.”Mixed day for IndiansIt was a mixed day for the Indian players at the qualifiers. Arundhati Pantawane and Neha Pandit made it to the main draw in women’s singles, but B Sai Praneeth and Sameer Verma faltered after wasting match points.Pantawane defeated Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland 19- 21, 21- 13, 21- 18 in the second round while Neha Pandit got past Mohita Sahdev 21- 17, 22- 24, 21- 14 to make the cut.Sameer went down to Russian Vladimir Ivanov 21- 17, 23- 25, 14- 21 while Sai Praneeth lost to Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihinganson 21- 19, 19- 21, 21- [email protected]last_img