“It is good that Saina is back. We enjoy our trainings sessions which are different because of our styles and requirements,” says the 22-year-old Sindhu in a chat with The bulletin.
“The competition is always there. But, it doesn’t mean that I have to do something differently just because Saina is there. It is a great feeling to be in the same place where the best of Indian talent is there, including top men’s top players like Srikanth, Prannoy, Praneeth, Kashyap,” she says.
“Honestly, we don’t share any thoughts on our game. She has her own ways of preparing for the challenges and so do I. And, Gopi sir knows exactly the kind of training we need and the preparations are really going well before the All England,” says the Rio Olympics silver medallist.
Sindhu also banks on her father P.V. Ramana’s experience as a former international volleyball player. He makes it a point to give some invaluable tips at home after the training sessions. “Not many outsiders know about this,” says Sindhu.
Asked about her big goals now, the World Championship silver medallist says: “To do well in All England and like in any Super Series, you cannot expect it to be easy at any stage.”
“Frankly, I feel I am a much improved player in terms of my strokes and more patient now.
“But one should remember that you can’t win every match for different reasons. You might have off-days. So, the objective from my side is always to give off my best,” she says.
“It is a demanding schedule no doubt. We have to pick and choose which events we play. Personally, I would not go to an event with 50% fitness,” says Sindhu.
It is a sight to behold, seeing two of the best women shuttlers in the world, P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, giving a ‘testing’ time to the chief national coach P. Gopi Chand at his academy even as the Indian contingent is preparing for the hectic schedule ahead starting with the All England Championships next week.
The way Gopi shuttles around to be the sparring partner to both of them and impart practical tips is a testimony to his passion to script few more success stories this year too.