Hyderabad: PV Sindhu said here Wednesday that the Indian shuttlers haven’t got enough time to prepare for the Asian Games but expected the team to deliver more than just the one bronze medal which the women’s team won in the 2014 edition.
“Definitely, it is going to be very different because, we have the team events and also the individuals. Very less time to prepare. But, as a team, last time we got bronze. This time, we would expect a better show,” asserted Sindhu.
“Also in the individual segment, I hope that I do well. Taking the World Championship silver has been a huge confidence-booster. I hope that I move forward and do well,” asserted the shuttler.
India haven’t won a medal in women’s singles at the Asian Games. In fact the late Syed Modi is the only individual medallist for India at the Asiad, having won a bronze at the 1982 New Delhi edition.
Sindhu defeated top Asian players such as Japanese duo of Nozomi Okuhara and Akane Yamaguchi and Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun en route to her second successive final at the World Championship.
Given her impressive form, chief national coach Pullela Gopichand is hopeful of another successful outing at the Asian Games.
“I think to beat Okuhara in the quarterfinals and Yamaguchi in the semifinals is something very good. Beating both of them, the way she (Sindhu) did, I think it has been fantastic. We are hopeful for another successful event at the Asian Games in the coming 10 days,” Gopichand stated.
Talking about her performance at the World Championships, Sindhu said: “I am really very happy for bagging the silver. It’s been a good week. As you all know the draw was comparatively tough. It’s good that from my side, I gave my 100 per cent.”
“Definitely, I will have to try harder and harder until I get that World Championship gold.
I hope, one day, I will get that”