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PV Sindhu, coach Gopichand call on Tel CM

31 August 2017

Impressed by Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Himanta Biswa Sarma's initiative to create a pool of players for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, star shuttler Pusarla Venkata Sindhu said the country has enormous talent and the day is not far when another Sindhu or Saina Nehwal will emerge. Each year, the results have just got better and better and the BWF World Championships 2017 were yet another testimony to India's growing prominence in the sport, as the home contingent returned with two medals-a silver and a bronze-for the first time in the 40-year history of the tournament.

Nehwal won a bronze medal in Glasgow.

Rao assured her all the support in her pursuit for top glory at other events in the future.

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But a year after undergoing a surgery on her knee, she was standing on the podium of the World Championships.

Sindhu won silver medal after losing to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the finals of the World Championship held at Glasgow. There are quite a few areas that she can improve upon. "This (the slugfest between Sindhu and Okuhara) could have been the Rio Olympics semi-final (where Sindhu beat the Japanese rather easily) but it happened here".

Chief coach Pullela Gopichand, though pleased with the performance of his ward, was quick to point out that she was still a "work in progress".

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While talking about her career graph since the Rio Olympics, she claimed that it has been good overall.

The return after the surgery was tough, the pain troubled her during matches as her medical and coaching staff had to advice her to stay out of action. With better killer instinct approach she could have gone for the gold and upset the applecart.

"If I have to think what I could have done differently, I would say nothing". It was well past midnight when she went to bed, and the final was in the morning. "I wanted to stay away from the pressure and focus on my game". "And there are lessons to be learnt too", he said.

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Sindhu believes with more long rallies, the badminton matches in singles or doubles will not be easy anymore and every player will have to fight hard to win a point. Each point was equally tough, but in the third game, when it was 20-20, it became anybody's game.

PV Sindhu, coach Gopichand call on Tel CM