P.V. Sindhu, arguably Indias biggest medal hope, says it is time to leave behind the results of the last eight months and stay focussed on the World championship starting on August 19.
The 24-year-old champion shuttler, winner of two silvers in the Worlds, says it is not going to be easy while pointing out that losing in a couple of big finals doesnt mean that she is not playing well.
I am honestly pleased with the way I have been playing. It is only a question of time before I put my hands on a big trophy, Sindhu said in an exclusive interview with The Hindu on Thursday.
Yes, like in all major events, I have to take every round and not think too far ahead in the coming Worlds. It all depends on how well you play on the given day, she says.
No easy match
There is nothing like an easy match at this level as there is little that separates the top 16 players. So, it is not like you have an easy opponent in one round and a tougher player in the next round. You have to be on your toes always and give your best consistently right through the championship, says the World No. 5.
It has been really nice to train under Korean Kim Ji Hyun. It is good to pick up a few new things, Sindhu says about her preparations.
The emphasis has been on a lot of variations and skills too for the challenges, and the quality of opposition will be different, compared to the previous edition.
Gold will be the target, having won the bronze and silver earlier. But, again, it doesnt mean there is any kind of pressure on me because of the expectations. Honestly, I will put the best foot forward and hope the results will fall in place, she says.
Sindhu will be facing Beiwen Zhang of USA in the pre-quarterfinal and, if through, will take on next World No. 2 Tai Tzu Ying something she says is not going to be easy.
Well, I have to take it like any other match, she said on the possibility of facing Indias other medal hope Saina Nehwal in the semifinal as per the draw.
But, I must tell you that the preparations have been on and I hope to translate all of them into performance on the court where you know we have to strategise for every two points, she says.