India's World No 11 female shuttler keen on playing even the senior Nationals to ensure success on a regular basis next year
Despite winning a bronze medal at the World Championships and defending her Macau Open title, World No 11 PV Sindhu wants to be more consistent next year.
Shuttler PV Sindhu talks to the media during the Tata Open India International Challenge at CCI yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble.
“I am aware that the Olympic qualification period will start next year and I will be concentrating on that. I’ve had a decent 2014 but something that I couldn’t achieve was being consistent with my performances. I see myself being very consistent in forthcoming tournaments,” said the 19-year-old shuttler, who dropped in at the Cricket Club of India yesterday to watch the Tata Open India International Challenge.
Elaborating on her inconsistency, Sindhu said, “There have been times when I have defeated a big player and then lost to a player ranked lower or whom I have never played before. I don’t know if it has something to do with Chinese shuttlers (pointing to her win over World No 2 Chinese Shixian Wang at the World Championship and her defeats to World No 25 Japanese Nozomi Okhuhara and World No 23 Thai Porntip Buranaprasertsuk),” said Sindhu, who will be conferred an honorary doctorate by Chennai’s Vels University (VU), today.
Despite her packed schedule, the Hyderabadi expressed her wish to play in the Nationals. “I start my year playing in the Malaysia Masters (January 13-18) and then the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships (January 20-25) and I am looking forward to playing the senior Nationals as it is the only tournament where India’s top seeds are in the fray,” she said.
When asked if she agreed with badminton legend Prakash Padukone’s view that players shouldn’t be obsessed with rankings, she said, “I definitely agree with Prakash sir. If you really play well, your ranking goes up automatically. It is just that you have to play well and be focused. The rest will fall into place,” said the Hyderabadi.