PV Sindhu: Shuttling into Maturity
The talented Hyderabadi PV Sindhu is getting better with each passing tournament since her forced absence from the game and is definitely a sign of good things to come for Indian badminton. 2015 has been a year where she has worked on getting her groove back and be on course for the Road to Rio:
The tall Sindhu suffered a heel injury at the end of last year and missed the first quarter of 2015 owing to it. The injury was worse than expected, and that extended her healing and recovery period. There were doubts over her ability to come back and become stronger than before.
Her return from injury hasn’t been smooth sailing with a few early exits from tournaments. However, she showed glimpses of her old self by reaching the quarter finals of the prestigious BWF World Championships, a tournament where she became the first Indian woman to win a medal when she took bronze in 2013. She turned a corner by reaching the Denmark Open Super Series final where she lost to 2012 Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui beating three Top 10 players en-route, including a three-set win over the top ranked Carolina Marin. She also made the semi-finals of the Indian Open and Malaysia Masters.
Queen Of Macau
All of 20, Sindhu has already won an unprecedented hat-trick of Macau Open titles. She beat her Japan Open conqueror Minatsu Mitani in three hard-fought sets in the final. She conquered the higher-ranked Akane Yamaguchi too in another tough three-setter in the semi-finals. Sindhu has never been beaten at Macau and it is rare to find such dominance in international tournaments.
Gunning For Rio
Sindhu has beaten some top players in 2015 and also has her share of losses against them. But, the thing that has stood out is her mental toughness in coming back from an injury and it only seems to have made her stronger. With a marked improvement in her game along with her never-say-die spirit, she is looking to crack the Top 10 and board the plane to Brazil for the 2016 Olympics.