Sindhu doesn't suffer from mental block in finals: Prakash Padukone

Aug 08, 2018, 08:20 IST | PTI

The former All England Champion backed PV Sindhu to win the World Championship crown soon after two consecutive silver medal performances in the prestigious event

Sindhu doesn't suffer from mental block in finals: Prakash Padukone
Prakash Padukone and PV Sindhu with her World Championships silver medal

Indian badminton great Prakash Padukone insists that PV Sindhu doesn't have any mental block in major finals and urged the media to not put the star shuttler under pressure by focussing on her defeats. The former All England Champion backed Sindhu to win the World Championship crown soon after two consecutive silver medal performances in the prestigious event.

Sindhu lost the World Championship final to Spain's Carolina Marin on Sunday, her third major final defeat. She had lost the Worlds final last year and the title clash of the 2016 Rio Olympics. She also finished runner-up in the Superseries Finals in Dubai last year. "It is quite creditable that she reached the final again. The competition is tough. She should aim for the gold next time. She beat two Japanese players [Okuhara and Yamaguchi] against whom she normally loses. Unfortunate that she could not do the same in the final," said Padukone.

Asked if she has a mental block in major finals, he said: "There is nothing like that. She is young, she will definitely win [the World championship] in future. She is already one the greatest Indian players. We should not put pressure on her when she is doing well. She is World No. 3. The focus should be on how we can make her win rather than why she is losing the final again and again. If we keep doing that, she would feel more pressure."

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