Important to stay positive ahead of Olympics, says PV Sindhu after Singapore heartbreak

PV Sindhu explained that she is focusing on having a positive outlook on her performance before the 2024 Paris Olympics, after suffering a Round of 16 exit at the Singapore Open against her long-rival Carolina Marin. After winning the opening game in her clash against Spain’s Marin on May 30, Sindhu crashed out of the tournament after losing the intense match 21-11, 11-21, 20-22. This was also her 6th straight defeat to the Spaniard, being unable to click winning luck against Marin since 2018.

As the world’s athletics setup gears up for the Olympics, set to begin on July 26, India’s silver and bronze medallist ace shuttler will be one of their key representatives in the tournament. Ever since her phenomenal 2022 season, Sindhu’s winning luck has taken a big hit and has seen her miss out on any major Badminton World Federation (BWF) tournament since.

Speaking at the press-conference after her loss to Marin, Sindhu reflected on the match and how she is setting up her midset before the Paris Olympics.

“It was a good game overall, I think the side I played in the third set was a bit of a disadvantage. I tried to take as many points as I could…I think it was just her day. After 20-20, anyone can win. But yeah it was a good game,” Sindhu said.

“Since the Singapore Open is over, I think now it is time to prepare for the next tournament and be ready. We are just coming closer to the Olympics, and I think it is important that I stay positive, be focused and learn a lot from these matches….Everybody is going to be in their good shape and going to give their best, because everybody is goint to be there. So it is important to be mentally and physically strong,” Sindhu added.

The 2022 season saw Sindhu win the Singapore Open, Birmingham Commonwealth Games, Malaysia Masters, Swiss Open and the Syed Modi India international. However, the following two seasons have seen her have increased difficulty in closing a tournament out, irrespective of a strong start in the majority of them.

Published By:

Debodinna Chakraborty

Published On:

May 30, 2024

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