Have kept an empty space in cabinet for Olympic gold: PV Sindhu

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 13:28 IST PV Sindhu in action during a match (FIle Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSSindhu clinched the historic World Championship gold at Basel after beating Japan’s Nozomi OkuharaI can say I gave the answer with my racquet, said SindhuSindhu says the path to the Tokyo Olympic gold will be a tough oneThe World Championship gold has healed the wounds of all past final debacles except the Rio Olympics, says Indian badminton ace P V Sindhu, who has kept an empty space in her trophy cabinet for the top prize, which she hopes to claim in Tokyo next year.An Olympic silver-medallist, Sindhu clinched the historic World Championship gold at Basel after beating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in her third successive final.Before that historic day, the 24-year-old Indian faced incessant for losing lost in the finals of major events such as the Rio Games, World Championships (2017, 2018), 2017 Dubai Super Series Finals, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Jakarta Asian Games.”It (World Championships gold) takes care of all those losses. People have been talking about my final phobia, how I take pressure in the finals and I can say I gave the answer with my racquet,” Sindhu, who has been recommended for Padma Bhushan, told PTI in an interview.”But Olympics is a completely different feeling. Rio (Games) and World Championship gave me different memories, but, yeah, one gold medal is missing, so definitely I will work hard for that and would love to see myself win that Olympic gold at Tokyo.”There is a vacant space (laughs) in my cabinet for that gold. The Olympic qualification is on and this win will give me the confidence to go further.”Sindhu, however, says the path to the Tokyo Olympic gold will be a tough one as now her opponents will look to exploit her weaknesses and she will need to add something new to her game to achieve success.advertisement”(Rio) 2016 was my first Olympics and nobody knew me much. I was just one of the players but after Rio, everything changed and now after the world championship, everybody will try and learn new things. I should also learn new things in each tournament, because people will have some kind of strategy for me,” she said.”I have been working with Kim. She had some changes for me and it helped me. But now I have to learn few new things. I need to work on net-play.”Ranked fifth in the World currently, Sindhu has virtually sealed her Olympic qualification.A higher ranking will help her avoid meeting top players when the draw is made at the Tokyo Games but Sindhu said she is unfazed about standings.”Ranking matters because the draw depends on it but I don’t really think about it because if I can play well, it will come up. At the end of the day, you will have to beat these top players again to achieve the gold,” she said.Asked if achieving the world No.1 ranking is on her mind, the former world No.2 said: “Yeah.. but I am not very particular about ranking and for now it is Olympics, it is ultimate goal, so after that it will be step by step.”Next for me is China, so focusing on that,” said the Hyderabadi, who is taking part in the China Open (September 17) and Korea Open (September 24) in the next two weeks.While Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have put Indian badminton on top, there is a dearth of quality women’s singles players in the country beyond them.On whether she is concerned about lack of women’s singles players, Sindhu said: “Well, after me and Saina, there is a little bit of gap. There are some junior players but it will take time. It is not going to be easy.”A lot of players from other countries are doing well at the junior level whether it is Korea, Thailand or China. So I think it will take a few years till we have some players coming up.”But they need to work hard. They have to be smart and be strong themselves about what they want,” she signed off.Also Read | I’ll be marked now, need to find new strategy every time: SindhuAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow PV SindhuFollow Tokyo Olympics 2020 Have kept an empty space in cabinet for Olympic gold: PV SindhuPV Sindhu, who recently clinched the historic World Championship gold at Basel, said there is a vacant space in my cabinet for Olympic gold.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Stony Brook tops Norfolk State 7973 for 4th straight win

NORFOLK, Va. — Jaron Cornish tossed in 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and Akwasi Yeboah added 16 points and seven rebounds to guide Stony Brook to a 79-73 victory over Norfolk State on Tuesday night.Jeff Otchere pitched in with 12 points, seven boards and two blocked shots for the Seawolves (6-1), who picked up their fourth straight win and are off to their best start since the 2009-10 season.Nic Thomas hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 to pace the Spartans (3-5), who lost for the first time in four home games. Mastadi Pitt totalled 14 points and four assists, while Jordan Butler and Armani Branch scored 10 apiece.The Seawolves led 39-32 at halftime. Jules Moor’s 3-point play and a 3-pointer by Yeboah pushed the lead to 45-32 just 57 seconds into the second half. A Thomas 3-pointer pulled the Spartans within 70-67 with 3:58 left to play, but Cornish scored five straight points to keep Stony Brook comfortably ahead.Stony Brook buried 26 of 47 shots from the floor (55 per cent), including 9 of 19 from 3-point range. The Spartans sank 22 of 48 shots (46 per cent). Norfolk State made 8 of 21 from distance but were outrebounded 35-19.The Associated Press read more

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