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    "pv sindhu will do better than saina, says jwala gutta "
    TDNP, April 23, 2013

    http://tdnpost.com/news/sports/pv-si...ta-269727.html

    The full video of the interview is also available on the same link above Worth a look.

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    Congrats to PVS to become the first indian WS player to reach the semi final of India Open.
    (She was also the first Indian ws to reach the QF in 2011)

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    Improvements for the future :

    Footwork and speed - Sindhu's footwork on the turn is very slow, signs of not enough muscles on the legs. To use her power, she needs to first reach the shuttle.

    Defense - Needs to develop better reach and defense against midcourt dropshots that force her way down .... she is hardly able to control the shuttle at full stretch once it goes lower than net height. Turn defense into attack or at least parry the shuttle to neutral zone.

    Fitness - mental fitness, that is. She was beaten long before yesterday's match against Ratchanok. Learn how not to show fear .... something Ratchanok and Saina are pretty good at. Scowl and stare at the opponent if she has to, but never let the head drop.

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    P.V.Sindhu reached career high ranking of 13 in the recently released ranking list..

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    Congrats Sindhu for her first Grand Prix Gold title.

    With the way she showed her mental strength in the second half of the rubber game is really marvellous.. Trailing 8-14 down, she came back to win the match.. Started to hunt for titles from now on??? .. I have a huge hope in her in the near future .. Excellent display by 17 year old Sindhu in this tournament..

    She will turn 18 on july 5 2013. This title is a gift to her upcoming birthday. She may have the chance to enter top 10 with this result.. Congratulations once again..

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    PV Sindhu clinches maiden Grand Prix title with Malaysian Open win

    http://sports.ndtv.com/othersports/b...ysian-open-win

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    India's P.V. Sindhu lived up to her top billing by winning her maiden Grand Prix Gold title beating Singaporean fifth seed Juan Gu in the women's singles final of the USD 120,000 Malaysia Open badminton in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.


    The Hyderabadi World No.13 won 21-17, 17-21, 21-19 in one hour and 11 minutes at the Juara Indoor Stadium to increase her head-to-head to 2-1 against Gu.


    An excited Sindhu said she was overwhelmed with the win.


    "I am very happy with the win and no words can describe my feelings," Sindhu told IANS.


    Both the players won equal number of points at the net. But it were the third court play and smashes that made the difference for Sindhu, who made the best use of her height.


    All the three games were tightly contested between the two Asians.


    Sindhu won the first game using her height for excellent court coverage. From 10-all, the Indian made sure she was ahead of the World No.27 Gu throughout the rest of the game.


    The second game was a closer affair with nothing separating the two, who kept each other in range at the start. But from 15-all, Gu hit some clear winners which caught her 17-year-old opponent off-guard as she won six points to Sindhu's two.


    Though the start of the third game was close, the 22-year-old Singaporean extended her lead to six points (13-7) putting Sindhu in more than a spot of bother. But the Indian clawed back into the match winning five straight points, aided by some terrific smashes into the body of Gu, to level at 18-all.


    Sindhu took the next two points to reach match point. Gu saved one but the day belonged to Sindhu, who entered the big league by clinching her maiden Grand Prix Gold title.


    The last time Sindhu came close to winning a Grand Prix Gold was at the Syed Modi India International in Lucknow last year when she lost in the final to Indonesian Lindaweni Fanetri.


    Excellent Sindhu.. Good start....I wish you for many more in the future ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpion1 View Post
    Congrats Sindhu for her first Grand Prix Gold title.

    With the way she showed her mental strength in the second half of the rubber game is really marvellous.. Trailing 8-14 down, she came back to win the match.. Started to hunt for titles from now on??? .. I have a huge hope in her in the near future .. Excellent display by 17 year old Sindhu in this tournament..

    She will turn 18 on july 5 2013. This title is a gift to her upcoming birthday. She may have the chance to enter top 10 with this result.. Congratulations once again..
    The road to Top 10 isn't this easy.... There wouldnt be a change in the rankings with this tournament, she would increase her tally with 2000 pints though.... She needs to win more and be consistent.... Go to the drawing room and chalk out a few learnings and work on them!! All the Best!!

    High Hopes.......

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    Some excerpts of the interview given by Sindhu after winning the title.

    "It is a very big victory for me,"

    "It was a long match, the toughest one I have played in this tournament. I am playing well at the moment but I need to get better and better."

    "There was nothing like pressure. Each game was good, they were really good players. I took it match by match and did not expect to win when I played my first match on May 1,"

    "This is a dream come true for me. I would like to thank the BAI President Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta and chief coach Pullela Gopichand for motivating me and pushing me to excel,"

    And her mentor cum coach Pullela Gopichand about her win,

    "will see a rise in her confidence".

    "It was good for her to play three weeks back-to-back, quarterfinals of Asian championships, semifinal of a Superseries and winning a Grand Prix Gold, this will keep her in good stead for the future. Still, a lot to work need to be done in her game,"

    BAI president Dr.Akilesh DasGupta has said

    "This is a proud day for Indian sports and our country's badminton. I congratulate P V Sindhu for bringing great laurels for India,"

    "Sindhu had come close to winning a Grand Prix Gold in the finals in Lucknow last year but I'm thrilled she has clinched her maiden GP title on foreign soil. She is capable of achieving much more and I'm sure her victory will boost Indian shuttlers to aim higher at the World Championship and Super series tournaments,"

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today congratulated shuttler P V Sindhu on winning the Grand Prix Gold title in the Malaysian Open badminton final in Kuala Lumpur today.



    Nice starting for this young girl. All the very best for her upcoming tournaments..
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    Interview Excerpts of Sindhu after winning Malaysian Open GPG 2013 title..:

    What’s the feeling like to win your first Grand Prix Gold title?
    I cannot express in words how I’m feeling right now. I am very happy. But, I am aware that with this win, expectations will rise. Now that my wait of winning a GP gold is over, I need to put in more hard work to reach the top.

    Having played Juan Gu before, was it easier for you to prepare for the final?
    I played against her a year ago. Our games have undergone a lot of changes. It was a long, tough and tiring match, but I’m glad I kept my cool and won.

    You came close to winning a GP Gold title in Lucknow last year when you lost to Lindaweni Fanetri. You’ve done it, at last…
    I missed winning in Lucknow by a whisker. I was unable to attend my elder sister Divya’s wedding then. Now that I have won the title, I would like to dedicate the win to my family especially my sister and coaches — P Gopichand and Edwin Iriawan without whom I wouldn’t have achieved success.

    Do you have any ranking goals for the rest of the year?
    My immediate aim is to break into the Top-10 and later, a Top-5 finish.

    How did you celebrate your win?
    There were no big celebrations. I missed my parents. But in their absence, I went and hugged my coach Edwin. Then I called my parents and spoke to them at length. I went out with my coach for dinner. I am looking forward to some celebrations when I reach Hyderabad. I just can’t wait to have some Hyderabadi biryani cooked by my mother.

    What do you want to gift yourself for the win?
    A nice t-shirt!

    Saina Nehwal is your idol, but now you will be pitted against her. Are you ready for that?
    I have always been compared with Saina, but I have managed to come out of that and make my own little space. She’ll always be my idol. I’ll will try not to take that pressure on court. I’ll play against her like any other opponent.

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    Sindhu is IMO, still a diamond in the rough - many aspects of her game remain unpolished, unfinished or at times downright pedestrian. Still a long ways to go.

    My one hope is that her coaches are able to correct some of her unconscious inefficient habits that have evolved in her overhead forehand stroke, especially when she is under pressure. A tall and big-boned girl like her should be encouraged to open her shoulders a lot more.

    Most players have discovered her fatal weaknesses in the forehand rearcourt recovery, forecourt drop recovery and change of direction in midcourt. She really needs to hit the gym to build up the leg power and core strength, and do a lot more plyometrics...

    Having said that, with all her flaws, she is still the potential future jewel in Indian's WS crown. She still needs to grow a year or two older to hit the right age when she will blossom into the champion player she promises to be.

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    still long way to go .. But she is a great fighter. I hope she will do better in the near future.
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    ‘OMG...! I’ve won!’: P.V. Sindhu

    http://www.deccanchronicle.com/13050...0%99-pv-sindhu

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    What has been promised for so long was finally delivered on Saturday, when fast-rising Hyderabad badminton star P.V. Sindhu clinched the Malaysia Grand Prix, defeating Juan Gu of Singapore 21-17, 17-21, 21-19 in a fiercely fought final.

    “It is a very happy moment for all of us. We have been waiting for this day for so long,” said an ecstatic P.V. Ramana, Sindhu’s father, “This being her first senior title makes it a very special day for us.”

    While the match was in progress in Kuala Lumpur, her family had to endure some very tense moments.

    Her father recounts, “She won the first game but her opponent won the second. Sindhu was then trailing 10-15 in the third game, when we lost the internet connection. We didn't know what to do. We then got the news that she had won and when we spoke to her, all she could say was, ‘I just stood there, blank, not realising I had won.’ We are all on cloud nine!”

    Reflected the same sentiment, Sindhu related, “It was a very taxing match. After I won the first game, Juan fought back really well to win the second. But the third game is one that I will remember for a long time. I was trailing 10-15, and for a moment, I was worried.”

    Sindhu then fought back and made it 14-15. She then took the lead, and with Juan snapping at her heels, wrapped up the set 21-19 to win the title.

    “I just froze on the court for a couple of minutes. I couldn’t believe I had won. Then it hit me and my first reaction was, ‘Oh my God! I’ve actually won!’”

    Sindhu thanked her coach Edwin Iriawan, who had accompanied her to Malaysia, and the support staff for their encouragement. “It has been a great three weeks for me. I played the quarterfinals at Chinese Taipei (Badminton Asia Championships) and the semifinals in New Delhi (India Open Superseries) and now, I have won my first title.”

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    Malaysia Open GPG 2013 finals.
    Not a very sharp upload, but its all there is available, so far...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tff5UORP2Bo

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobalt View Post
    Malaysia Open GPG 2013 finals.
    Not a very sharp upload, but its all there is available, so far...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tff5UORP2Bo
    Thanks ...

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    For better quality of Sindhu vs Juan Gu match (final of Malaysian Open Grand Prix gold 2013),

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utlQINM-uI8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V59BtK3XJU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFu4n5MUkqc

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    Shuttler PV Sindhu signs up with Tendulkar's firm

    http://www.mid-day.com/sports/2013/m...lkars-firm.htm

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    Being touted as India’s next badminton sensation after Saina Nehwal, young P.V Sindhu has signed a contract with management company Universal Collectabillia, which is co-owned by master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, according to media reports.

    Universal Collectabillia, a merchandise and brand extension firm, is jointly owned by Tendulkar and his friends Chamundeswarnath and Anjana Reddy.

    The company will manage the 17-year-old shuttler, who’s on a high currently after winning her maiden title at Malaysian Grand Prix Gold at Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, till the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.


    "We will be managing her till next Olympics. She is a bright prospect and had just started winning titles," Chamundeswarnath was quoted as saying in a report.

    Interestingly, Chamundeswarnath along with his friends gave Rs 5 lakh reward to Sindhu for winning the Malaysian event.


    Chief National Coach Pullela Gopichand, who is her mentor is happy for his ward and feels Sindhu is lucky to be managed by such a big firm.


    "Getting support from such a popular firm will help her a lot. She is very lucky to get this sort of support early in her career," a report quoted Gopichand as saying.


    The 5 ft 10 in tall shuttler, who is currently ranked 13 in the BWF rankings, hopes to break into the top 10 by the end of this year and is currently preparing for the Sudirman Cup, to be held in another two weeks time.

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    Badminton star P.V. Sindhu to get support from celebrity-commerce firm

    http://sports.ndtv.com/othersports/b...-commerce-firm

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    India's first celebrity-commerce firm - Collectabillia.com - has formally announced its association with teenage badminton sensation P.V.Sindhu, fresh from her victorious outing at the Grand Prix Gold tournament in Malaysia. Collectabillia.com will support the talented Sindhu and jointly work with her on brand connect beyond endorsements on an exclusive basis.


    The Managing Director of the firm, Anjana Reddy, a former national junior player, said considering Sindhu's steady rise and potential, her firm has decided to support and form a professional relationship with her.



    "The biggest hindrance to realising of the true potential of a talented Indian sportsperson is the lack of fiscal support and sporting ecosystem. I strongly believe that an athlete's sole responsibility is to concentrate on his/her game while we build a support system around that facilitates them to deliver to their potential at the world stage. We are excited to be associated with a dynamic talent like Sindhu and Collectabillia.com looks forward to supporting her future quests," said Reddy.


    Sindhu is currently ranked at 13 by the Badminton World Federation and has been training under of Pulella Gopichand in Hyderabad. While dedicatedly climbing the rankings through the last few years, Sindhu along the way has defeated Olympic medalists and at 17, her feats make her a very strong contender at the Rio Olympics 2016.


    Commenting on the association, Sindhu said, "As I continue to focus on improving my game, it is reassuring to have a strong foundation that can support me emotionally, substantially and monetarily. A combination of my parents, Gopi Sir and the support of Collectabillia provides for that solid foundation."

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