Hyderabad, Nov 21: After watching his student winning the coveted China Open badminton championship on Sunday, November 20, Pullela Gopichand seems optimistic that if P.V. Sindhu maintains the sharpness of her game, she can be one of the top contenders to win the All England Open championship this season.
Sindhu became the third non-Chinese player to have clinched China Open championship. [Sindhu wins maiden China Open title]
Saina Nehwal has been the only female Indian shuttler to have won this prestigious championship two years ago.
Gopichand seemed extremely satisfied with the aggression and changes in Sindhu’s style. Speaking from Hyderabad on Friday evening Gopichand said: “She delivered excellent movement throughout the match.
"She had increased a lot of power in her strokes which was a must in any international tournament. And above all her aggression was simply to watch. Over the years we work out on developing her aggression.
"A Couple of days before her departure for China, I reminded her that the key difficulty in playing in a Super Series tournament would that all her opponents would be higher ranked.
"So, the killing instinct would be one of the key strengths to win matches. And she has been able to implement my words with precision.”
All England Open will take place in Birmingham from 7th to 12th March next year. Pullela Gopichand was the last Indian to have won this prestigious championship.
Further speaking on Sindhu's chance, Gopichand said: “All England championship is so prestigious that the world’s top shuttle players take part in the tournament with special preparation.
"I never set any target for Sindhu. She is only 21 years old. I always want her to enjoy the game. And there are a couple of top players who can be easily the contenders for All England.
"Sindhu also can be one of the contenders if she can maintain the consistency she showed in China Super Series Open final against the world’s ninth-ranked player.”