Olympic silver-medallist, PV Sindhu believes that the expectations of a great show at the Tokyo Olympic Games are not an added pressure but a motivation to work harder than ever. The star Indian shuttler is on her quest to win a second successive Olympic Games medal. What changed for the World Champion is the 2016 Rio Olympics, her career took off to new highs although she had her share of failures.
“From the Rio Olympics to now, my life has changed a lot. I won a lot and I lost some. I have been improving step by step. Not much was expected of me when I went to Rio but now people look for a gold medal from me,” Sindhu said to the media.
Currently, she is plying her trades at the Premier Badminton League (PBL) where she is representing Hyderabad Hunters. “I look at it in a positive way when everyone expects me to do well. I don’t consider that as added pressure and that will only make me work even harder. It’s not going to be easy but I’m prepared for the challenges awaiting me,” she added.
According to the shuttler, PBL serves as a good platform to play matches and get into the groove before the quadrennial event. “We get to play with top quality players in PBL like Tai Tzu Ying, which is helpful in an Olympic-year. We get to learn a lot from foreign players, who come up with useful inputs. Even I get to improve some aspects of my game by interacting with foreign talent. They offer useful tips that can help the growth of a player,” she said while interacting with the media in Hyderabad.
Sindhu is a focused player and is determined to keep playing well. “I have been working on mental fitness. There have been close matches in the past where I won and some that I lost. It’s important to be in a positive frame of mind and come back stronger and rectify the mistakes,” Sindhu said.
“It is important to pick and choose tournaments because at times you might not be feeling 100 per cent. Some people say that you have to play as many events as you can but only if you believe you can give your best should you play,” she added.
The much-awaited tournament of the year awaits the superstar athlete and given her confidence to win matches at such events, we can certainly hope for a podium finish for India.