Is P.V.Sindhu the new Indian Badminton star after Saina Nehwal?

PV SIndhu, the rising Badminton Indian Star

PV SIndhu, the rising Badminton Indian Star


The answer to the above question is a resounding “YES”. I just finished watching this YouTube Video of Sindhu pulling off one of the biggest upsets in Badminton in recent years by defeating Li Xuerui of China. This was the Quarter Finals of the Li Ning Masters 2012 Badminton Tournament. The scores – 21-19, 9-21, 21-16. The video can be watched here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvayHCk108M


Let’s not forget that Sindhu is all of 17years old. She has a good part (or most part) of her career yet to come. If this girl can defeat the 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist (who had defeated World no.1 Yihan Wang in the Olympics Final) at this stage in her career, we definitely can say that we have our next big Indian Badminton Star after Saina Nehwal. At this rate, it looks like Sindhu will scale heights higher than what Saina has done so far.

When I watched the match, it was clear to me that Sindhu was overwhelmed by the occasion of playing one of the top Chinese players in the World BUT the important part is she kept her nerves when it was required. The first game saw Li Xuerui making a lot of unforced errors. But when Li was trying to get into the groove to come back, Sindhu held on to her game and that is an important trait of a good player.

Second game saw Sindhu letting her guard down, making a lot of unforced errors. Sindhu’s game looked very ordinary in the 2nd game. You could clearly see the raw nature of Sindhu’s game; the talent is abundant but the raw nature can get exposed sometimes like this. Consistency is what she needs to develop to keep growing in this sport.


The third game showed what Sindhu is made of. Especially the 2nd half of the game. The way she lifted the game to another level was simply amazing. Players like Li can come back very strong when they see their opponents trying to play defensive or play safe. But here Sindhu raised up the levels of aggression to the level where Li found it very hard to come back into the game, closing out the game & match at 21-16. It is a huge morale & confidence boosting victory for this kid. She enters the semi-finals; hope she continues the same tempo.

One thing I observed is that Sindhu uses her height extremely well and can dig out the shuttle from pretty much impossible situations. Her reach, her movement, her smahes are big strengths. BUT – she just needs to be more consistent.

There is no stopping this new kid on the block. Great job, Pullela Gopichand her coach. A lot of credit has to be given to this guy who has put India firmly on the badminton circuit. Chinese – Sit up and take note of India’s new stars in Badminton – Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap, P.V.Sindhu and the list is growing..

Her Coach Gopichand indicated that it was a big win for Sindhu. Read what he said at http://sports.ndtv.com/othersports/badminton/item/196566-it-is-a-big-win-for-sindhu-pullela-gopichand

Update:
PV Sindhu goes down fighting in the semi-finals. The fight was on till the last point in the decider game as she made two unforced errors to lose the game at 19-21 & the match. Her dream run thus came to a halt. But she will remembered as a “giant-killer” for a while..