PV Sindhu at her best? Far from it, says Pullela Gopichand

Updated: Dec 22, 2016, 10:16 IST | PTI

Hailing PV Sindhu's excellent show right through 2016 that saw her becoming the first and only Indian shuttler to win a silver medal in the Olympic Games

Indian shuttler PV Sindhu

Hailing PV Sindhu's excellent show right through 2016 that saw her becoming the first and only Indian shuttler to win a silver medal in the Olympic Games, chief National coach P Gopichand said yesterday his lanky ward is capable of scaling greater heights.

"I have always maintained that even when she won in 2013 or 2014 (back-to-back world championship singles bronze medals), Sindhu is still some time away from being her best. I maintain that even now that she has the potential to do even better," said the former All-England men's singles champion.

Pullela Gopichand

"She has done a lot of hard work to reach here and a lot of people will keep looking to get good performances against her and beat her. It's going to be challenging, but I am happy the way she has coped with the pressure and got us the performances which were very important," Gopichand said.

He was also happy with her performance at the World Super Series Finals in Dubai.

"Overall, it has been a very good show from Sindhu (in Dubai). She played well in all the matches."

For Gopichand, it's important to see what Sindhu has already achieved rather than rue over what she hasn't. "She is just 21. She has achieved World Championship medals, has won medals in Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Asian Championships and Olympics. I would stick to what she has achieved than what she has not," he added.

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