After struggling with a challenging year in badminton, PV Sindhu has sought the mentorship of the sport’s Indian legend, Prakash Padukone, to help turn her fortunes around, according to a report by the Times of India (TOI). After her recent defeat to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the BWF World Championships 2023, Sindhu has decided to take a break from competing and focus on training.
The 28-year-old PV Sindhu, who is a two-time Olympic medalist arrived in Bengaluru last Sunday, along with her entire team, including Malaysian coach Muhammad Hafiz Hashim. She has been intensely practicing under the keen eye of Prakash Padukone. According to insiders, Sindhu has been spending almost 6 to 7 hours every day in rigorous training at the academy. “Sindhu and Padukone were seen interacting regularly during the sessions. She also sparred with some of the PPBA [Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy] players,” revealed the sources.
What has gone wrong for Sindhu this year?
The specialized training is expected to wrap up this weekend, just in time for Sindhu to test her skills at the Hong Kong Open 2023, starting from September 12, 2023. She will be facing Indonesia’s Putri Kusuma Wardani in the first round of the Hong Kong Open 2023. As the Olympic qualification season is already in its fifth month, the training period in Bengaluru seems like a significant move for Sindhu. The year has been particularly difficult for her as she has faced seven first-round exits following a lengthy recovery from an injury.
Earlier this year, after her loss at the US Open 2023 quarterfinals to China’s Jie, PV Sindhu had been open about the emotional toll the year has taken on her. She said, “It’s disheartening to experience a disappointing defeat after each successful tournament.” Although there have been setbacks, Sindhu is still determined as she also stated, “I am determined to channel my emotions into redoubling my efforts and making the remainder of the year truly remarkable.”
India so far at the Asian Games
Undoubtedly, PV Sindhu is leaving no stone unturned in her preparation for the upcoming tournaments which include the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China. Training under a legend like Prakash Padukone could offer her the much-needed guidance and mental strength to navigate this challenging phase of her career.
One of the prominent names in Indian badminton, Sindhu, clinched the silver medal at the Asian Games 2018 which took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, and became the first Indian ever to win a silver in the history of the Asian Games. India has collected a total of 10 medals, which includes Sindhu’s silver and nine bronze medals, and is yet to win a gold at the prestigious event.
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