PV Sindhu’s poor run of form is temporary: Pullela Gopichand

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Bengaluru, Oct 29: Pullela Gopichand does not seem to be perturbed at all even after Pusarla Venkata Sindhu conceded two consecutive defeats and crashing out of French Open Super Series badminton championship in Paris on Friday (October 28).

The Dronacharya award winning coach speaking on Sindhu’s defeat in the second round against Chinese player, said: “It happens in any game. After returning from Rio Olympics Sindhu has not participated in any competitive match for around last two months. Naturally, she will take time to settle down.”

Pullela Gopichand and PV Sindhu

Gopichand did not agree with the notion that Sindhu has lost focus on the game after she suddenly attained a lot of fame following her silver medal in the Rio Olympics.

Gopichand clarified: “She is mentally very strong. She resumed training with the same intensity even after a month’s break after completing attending felicitation programs. I am sure she will be back to her old touch within next couple of championships.”

Gopichand did not see Sindhu’s match in the French Open on Friday. But he watched her student in her second round defeat in the Denmark Open.

And he feels, Sindhu, in spite of an impressive start in the match, is suddenly losing the rhythm. The coach added: “I will go back to basics when she will resume training after coming back from Paris. Basic means, Sindhu will again have to work out on the movement training as well as in the field of stroke variations.”

However, at the same time, the coach admitted that Sindhu could have begun her journey after the Olympics a little later.

He said: “It could have been perfect for her if she had started from November onwards. But simultaneously, it is also true that nowadays each player has to increase ranking. And that is the reason Sindhu started playing in Denmark.”

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