PV Sindhu starts to leave Saina Nehwal’s shadow Sandeep Narayan Friday, December 16, 2011 http://www.mumbaimirror.com/index.a...8&contentid=20111216201112160201477651df7e106 The Saina Nehwal poster stares down intensely at anyone who enters the badminton courts of the National Sports Club of India. Standing a couple of feet away, getting ready for her first match in the Tata Open, is PV Sindhu. She pays no heed to the poster but no matter how much she tries the shadow of India's best woman badminton player looms above her at all times. However, as she begins to dismantle her first-round opponent, Thu Huyen Le of Vietnam, the comparisons of her being the next Saina are slowly put to an end. Not because of her talent, but because she's the antithesis of Saina's style and yet still rules over the court with the same conviction. At 5 feet and 10 inches, with a gangly frame, she might not have the quintessential frame for badminton but on court she is quite a livewire. Off the blocks, she moves fast on the court, virtually picks up anything near the net because of her height and looks to finish off points with winners, instead of long rallies ,with an un-retrievable half-smash. In 23 minutes she dispenses off Hyun le 21-11, 21-10. The differences in rankings between the two, Sindhu is 42 while her opponent 170, notwithstanding, it was Sindhu's court coverage that makes one take notice. Rather than wasting energy in the power shots she focuses on winning smartly. In fact seeing her smash is actually a rarity. The 16-year-old's logic, if you can win without it then why use it. Her coach further elucidates the reason. “She is still young for any heavy weight training. That is also why she focuses more on smart play rather than power play,” says her coach at the Gopichand academy MD Siyadutt. Though she may not be chasing Saina's footsteps her goal this season is to qualify for the Olympics and for that she is playing a packed schedule till May. "We have her playing nearly all tournaments that will help ranking and hopefully she will get the desired ranking by May so she can qualify for the Olympics,” Siyadutt said. The match ends and she is surrounded by her parents, both who were national level volleyball players in their time, and coach. The Saina poster is still there by the entrance but in the bigger picture its clearly out of focus.