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    The portion where Sindhu came back from 8-14 down to 14-15 in the rubber game of the finals of Malaysian open GPG 2013 was missing in the links given by me in the previous scraps. So, i want to share a link which have the full video without any editing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPcf_sxGda4

    I wanna thank Mr.Unome63 for giving this video to all of us by uploading the new version without any cuts..

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    Recent interview with sportskeeda..

    Interview with P V Sindhu, the crown princess of Indian badminton – Part 1


    http://www.sportskeeda.com/2013/05/1...view-part-one/

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    William Faulkner, the much acclaimed Nobel Laureate, had written, “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” A 17-year-old girl from Hyderabad is already living by that adage.
    Pusarla Venkata Sindhu might only be a teenager, but she is already a towering presence on the badminton court. The lanky teenager measures 5’10” and packs a mean smash that has derailed even the most dreaded Chinese players. The world No.13 is enjoying a brilliant year on tour, taking victory and defeat in her elegant stride with a disarming smile.
    Sindhu met up with Anand Datla of Sportskeeda for an exclusive conversation on her journey so far. Sindhu took time from her busy schedule for this engaging conversation in which she discussed her aspirations and reflected on her young and promising career.
    We bring you this insightful conversation in two parts.


    Sindhu, many congratulations on your recent victory in Malaysia.
    We really hope that you keep up the success and do well for many years to come.


    Thank you.


    Let us start with your time as a child. It was a long ride, getting to the practice courts, wasn’t it?



    Yeah, we used to stay in Secunderabad. It is 27 kilometers one way from my home to Gachibowli. Sometimes, we used to go up and down twice a day (108 km). So I would stay back and return home only late in the evening. We did that for like 2 years when I was small. Later on I spent about a year and a half living at the academy. I used to return home for the weekends. A few years down the line my parents bought a home near the academy, so now it’s only 5 minutes away.


    So your parents used to drive you every morning to the academy?



    Yeah, I used to have my training at 5:30 am. There were many young kids of my age; it was a big group.


    Sindhu, can you tell us about the influence of your first coach?



    My first coach was Mohammad Ali and I used to go to practice to a railways facility near my home. He passed away a few years ago. After playing there for a while, we shifted to Lal Bahadur Stadium.

    Eventually, I enrolled at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Gachibowli. I have been learning there for more than five years now. I have picked up a lot of skills under the guidance of Gopi sir. There are several coaches there, including some Indonesians.


    How much does the win in Malaysia mean to you?



    The last time I had a shot at a Grand Prix was at the Syed Modi India International at Lucknow last year. The final was on the day of my sister’s marriage. I could not attend the wedding as I stayed back for the match and then lost (to Indonesian Lindaweni Fanetri). It was an emotional day. So this victory comes as a great relief, everyone was very happy. My coaches, my family, everybody congratulated me.


    Tell us about your most memorable victory?



    I was very happy to defeat Li Xuerui. She is the world No. 1 and the Olympic gold medallist, so it was a big day for me. I will always remember that match. (She gets very excited as she starts to recount the details of the match).


    Talk us through the match against Li Xuerui:



    First, I didn’t think I’d win because (she was an) Olympic gold medallist. The coaches told me – just go and play your game; you’ve got a chance to play against a senior player. Don’t get tensed, you’re a good player, play your 100%. When we started, I won the first game. It gave me a bit of confidence, but then I lost the 2nd game very easily. In the third game, you know, we were going level before I took the lead and won. Unbelievable! My coaches were very happy too.


    Did you sense the possibility of victory as the match progressed?



    I was not too overconfident because you know these senior players can pull it back. They can come back very quickly because they’re experienced players. So I didn’t think about the win. Just took it one point at a time. Even towards the end, I was 20 and she was 16. She rallied to 18 and I was praying in my mind for that one point. I got it and won the match, so I was very happy after that.


    What was going through your mind through that second game? You lost eight points in a row during a stretch there.



    Yeah, one side of the court was very fast, everything was going out. It was hard to control my strokes.


    Why was that?



    Because in every tournament there is a little drift or wind. We can’t complain because even the opponent has the same problem. You know it is because of the air conditioning flow from one side or the other. You just need to adapt to it and adjust the power behind your strokes.


    Who’s had the biggest influence on you?



    First and most important is Gopi sir. He teaches me very patiently. And then there are all the other coaches too. At any tournament, they come and share tips. 2-3 coaches come with us to the international events.


    Talk to me about Gopi sir, how much of an influence is he, as a coach and as a person?



    I’m very grateful to him. He tells me everything, even when I am making mistakes. He’s very patient too; I could make the same mistake 10, 11 or 20 times, but he speaks in the same tone and teaches me the right approach. Seriously, I’m very thankful, he’s a great coach, a champion – training under him is wonderful. Whenever we do practice, he encourages and suggests how you can improve.

    As a person, outside the court, he’s really nice and on court, he’s sincere and serious. Off court, he’s fun.


    How does it feel to be following in the footsteps of Saina Nehwal?



    Saina is a very good player; I did wish that I could play like her when I was a junior. There are a lot of people who say say I’m the next Saina. I feel very happy about that, but you need to work hard to live up to these expectations. I would like to just do well as Sindhu.



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    P V Sindhu – the crown princess of Indian Badminton – Part 2



    http://www.sportskeeda.com/2013/05/1...view-part-two/


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    Sindhu took time from her busy schedule, preparing for the Sudirman Cup and other events lined up for her this May. In an engaging conversation she spoke with us about her aspirations and reflected on her young and promising career. 6

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    done with your first Golden Grand Prix. At 17, it is a fantastic achievement. What are your immediate plans?

    Every year we have many tournaments. I have just played three tournaments and now we have the Sudirman Cup in 2 weeks’ time. And then we have Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. The coaches decide which tournaments to play. Endurance and strength are also very important, so we need to manage the schedule to ensure we can play at our best at each event.


    What would keep you happy at the end of the year?



    I am currently world No. 13 and will bag a few points for winning in Malaysia. My goal is to make the top 10 by the end of the year. For each tournament, I would like to reach the semi-finals or at least the quarters. I would like to play consistently well through the rest of the year.


    Do you have a favourite tournament?



    I do not have any particular tournament. If I win, it is my favourite tournament. (chuckles)


    You took out two Chinese players in a row at the Yonex Sunrise India Open 2013, how did you feel going into the semis?



    These two I have played last year, qualifying rounds and I lost easily. My second round opponent (Yu Sun) – I played her twice earlier; this was my third match against her. First time I lost, second time I won. Beating both the Chinese was good, especially after losing the first game. Even my first round opponent (Yao Xue), she’s a very good player. The last time we played, she took me out 9 or 10, now I could beat her. I’ve improved and I hope to improve more and more.


    Going into the semis, you must have felt confident of winning. Were you lacking energy?



    She played really well (3rd seeded Ratchanok Intanon) and my strokes were constantly going out or sitting up in the middle. She finished the points quickly and I didn’t really get a chance. (Sindhu lost the semis 12-21, 6-21)


    Again, you’ve done very well in India. Does it feel different playing at home and how different is it from playing overseas?



    In India, the crowd support is really good. But outside India too, we have plenty of support. In Indonesia, they were supporting me. It depends, Indians support a lot and even outsiders support the Indian players.


    Tell us a little bit about your management company, Universal Collectibilia?



    I signed with them recently, I’m very thankful and I hope that the relationship brings more success.


    You’re associated with the Olympic Gold Quest. How does the relationship work? What does the program bring to you?



    The OGC picks up promising players aspiring for an Olympic medal. They encourage the player by providing financial support for travel and tournaments. They also help by providing professionals such as Physios, Doctors and Psychologists etc. Their support gives us the freedom to choose and play more tournaments if required.


    Can you tell us about your practice routine?



    Our day at the academy starts at 4.30 in the morning – 04:30 hrs to 06: 0o hrs, then 07:00 hrs to 08:30 hrs. We have a midday session from 11:30 hrs to 12:30 hrs and one in the evening between 16:00 hrs and 17:30 hrs. We do multiple forms of training – playing opponents, on court drills, weights, endurance and running.


    Can you tell us about the physical training part?



    Sometimes we do weights; we do agility, shadows, running and core ab-works to strengthen the abdomen. It is important to have strength and endurance. Stamina is very crucial in badminton as there are too many rallies and long matches.


    Anything over an hour is a long match, how do you recover?



    Our training at the academy is pretty good. Some of the players, when they play a long match, they just drop dead. We have enough strength and stamina to play long matches. Besides, each time we play a tournament, sir asks us how we played and why we lost. Honestly, when we play other country players, we’re the stronger ones. Some players get too tired – I still remember in Lucknow when I played against the Indonesian girl (Lindaweni Fanetri) – I lost against her and she was totally dead. I had enough stamina, that wasn’t a problem.


    After a match, any set routine to cool off?



    We do stretching, parts become stiff and our legs don’t move and they start paining. We get cramps, so we need to do proper stretching and relax ourselves. Sometimes our physio gives us a massage; it depends on the state of the body really.


    What do you think of line call review coming up?



    Yeah, it is a good option. Recently, Saina lost because of an umpiring decision. Bad luck for her. It is useful.


    Have you seen it work?



    No, I haven’t, only while watching tennis on television. I think it helps and could be beneficial. Every call matters and in those crucial
    moments in a match, it gives us an option.


    Do you miss being a normal teen?



    Not really. I love playing Badminton. It is more fun being on the court that anything else. I also get to travel a lot, which is fun. And then I have so many friends in the game too. But I am just very happy playing Badminton.


    You travel a lot. How do you like spending your spare time?



    I love talking to my sister. She is in the US doing her medicine. I also love going out to movies with family and friends.


    Do you have a favourite city?



    Overseas, I like Switzerland. But I love Hyderabad mostly.


    Who is your idol?



    Gopichand.


    Do you have any heroes outside Badminton?



    No. But I do like Mahesh Babu and Prabhas in the movies.


    On that sweet personal note, Sindhu, we at Sportskeeda would like to thank you for your time during a very busy week. We wish you the very best on the road ahead.








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    There is an interview with P V Sindhu (ofcourse , it is in her mother tongue, telugu with english in between. )

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

    She is very humble with smiling face.. Very down to earth...

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    In a recently released ranking, Sindhu is ranked 11 and its a great news for her.. Not too long to wait for to be announced as one of the seedings in any of the tournaments in the near future. But she has to be careful in her assignments.. I believe in her more. She will do it for sure..

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    Sindhu aims to break into top 10

    http://www.sportskeeda.com/2013/06/0...k-into-top-10/

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    Sindhu, 17, will have to play outside her comfort zone, as she has been drawn to meet Korean badminton star Ji Hyun Sung, who has been seeded sixth for the tournament. Sindhu has been constantly troubling her higher-ranked counterparts, but it would be interesting to see if she manages to pull off a victory here.


    If Sindhu manages to overcome Ji Hyun Sung, she will have a relatively easy outing in the round of 16, where she will square off against the winner between Tsa Ka Chan and Petya Nedelcheva.


    Should the Syed Modi Indian Grand Prix runner-up win both her matches, she will potentially clash with former world no. 1 and third seed for the tournament, Wang Yihan of China. This would be the match to look out for as all the eyes of the Indian supporters will be on Sindhu, hoping she can upset the Chinese girl.


    Sindhu, daughter of former volleyball players, is clinging to her career-best rank of no. 11 in the world, with 51092.0000 ranking points in her kitty. If the lanky teenager makes a decent run at the tournament, she will probably break into the top 10 after beating Tai Tzu Ying of Taipei, who has 55509.3326 ranking points.


    Though Sindhu, who came into the limelight after winning the Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold, has a tough road at the tourney, we should expect some surprises from her as she is competent enough to beat higher-ranked players and eventually book a spot in top 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpion1 View Post
    Sindhu aims to break into top 10
    I would say she has already broke into the top 10 as Tine has retired, she is the Top 10 currently playing WS. The key for her is to be consistent and reach the Quarters and Semis consistently in the events she participates then may be win a few of these semis...
    If she manages this she would be through Top 5

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    Quote Originally Posted by gopalprasad View Post
    I would say she has already broke into the top 10 as Tine has retired, she is the Top 10 currently playing WS. The key for her is to be consistent and reach the Quarters and Semis consistently in the events she participates then may be win a few of these semis...
    If she manages this she would be through Top 5
    Yes Gopal.. She has started to improve her game a lot. Let's see how she does in the coming tournaments.. She is participating in Indonesia open with Sung Ji hyun as her first round opponent. She has to believe in herself. Even in the sudirman cup, she made lots of silly mistakes in the second game against Yihan though she had a quite comfortable lead earlier. Lets see how she does in indonesia. ..

    By the by, Where were you? Long time no see...

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    Interview with ace shuttler PV Sindhu: “I want to break into the top 10 by year-end”

    http://www.sportskeeda.com/2013/07/0...0-by-year-end/

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    Jul 2 2013 Interview


    Interview with ace shuttler PV Sindhu: “I want to break into the top 10 by year-end”






    PV Sindhu has been touted as the next best thing to have happened to Indian badminton after Saina Nehwal. The world number 12 is now setting her sights on a decent performance in the upcoming World Championships, slated to be held in Guangzhou next month.


    “I’m training hard for the World Championships, hopefully I will fare well,” Sindhu says in an exclusive interview to Sportskeeda.


    The gangling Hyderabad-based shuttler last appeared in the Sudirman Cup.


    2013 has been a fruitful year for Sindhu. She clinched her first senior singles crown, winning the Malaysian Grand Prix Gold event after getting the better of Singaporean Juan Gu in three tight games.


    “That triumph will have special memories for me. Juan was coming hard at me and I had to really to battle hard to overcome her. I just hope this will be the beginning of many more to come,” she recalls.


    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.


    The 18-year-old BPCL employee reached the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Championship besides entering the semifinals of the Indian Open.


    “My consistency has improved this year, I want to keep improving and raise the performance bar.”


    A first year B.Com student of St. Ann’s College, Hyderabad, Sindhu’s unremitting focus on the game ensures her academics take a backseat.


    “Time constraints are always there. I recently appeared in my B.Com first year exams – I think I studied for a week or so – let’s see how my results pan out,” she says.


    Born to a family of volleyball players (her father and mother are former volleyball players), Sindhu spares no effort to work on her weaknesses.


    “I have a height advantage and so delivering smashes is my strength but I need to work on my defence, which lets me down at times,” she opines.


    Sindhu is now determined to break into the top-10 by 2013 end.

    “I want to remain in the top-10 by the end of 2013. I will take it from there, that’s the realistic goal I have for now,” she outlines her future aspirations.


    The might of the Chinese shuttlers seems to be dwindling, and Sindhu feels that it is happening because other countries are catching up fast.


    “It’s not that Chinese are falling away. In fact, other countries are producing players who can take the Chinese head-on. Look at Japan’s Minatsu Mitani or Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon or Germany’s Juliane Schenk, all are coming up. Indian shuttlers are starting to beat the Chinese players, so you could say coaches of other nations have raised the bar,” says the shuttler, whose role model is Lin Dan.


    “I like the way Lin Dan carries himself on court. The amount of international success he has had is so inspiring for any youngster and I’m no different,” came the parting shot.




    It's interesting to see her talking about LinDan ..
    Hopefully, she can do better than her compatriot, i wish her for her upcoming tournaments..

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    Sindhu celebrates her 18 th birthday..

    Happy birthday and many more returns of the day Sindhu..!!!

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    Happy Birthday, Sindhu!

    18 years old!! Is that the voting age in India?

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    PV Sindhu has 3 wishes for her 18th birthday

    On the eve of her 18th birthday, India's rising shuttler P V Sindhu wishes for three things this year -- at least a semifinal finish at next month's World Championship, a place in the top 10 ranking and qualifying for World Super Series Final in December.

    http://sports.ndtv.com/othersports/b...-18th-birthday

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    On the eve of her 18th birthday, India's rising shuttler P V Sindhu wishes for three things this year -- at least a semifinal finish at next month's World Championship, a place in the top 10 ranking and qualifying for World Super Series Final in December.

    In a two-year-old international career, Sindhu has broken into top 20 in September 2012, clinched the Malaysian Grand Prix Gold in May this year and now is just two places away from cracking the elite top-10 bracket.

    Currently recovering from a knee injury, Sindhu has already chalked out her plan for the year.

    "I had injured my right knee last year, which affected my game. But this year I was fine till the Sudirman Cup where I hurt my other knee. I missed Thailand and Indonesia Open due to the injury but I hope to be fit for the prestigious World Championships," Sindhu told PTI.

    "This is the first time I would be playing the World Championships and I would like to at least make it to the semifinals. This is my immediate target," she added.

    Speaking about her other goals for the year, Sindhu said: "I am world number 12 now and want to break into the top 10 by this year end. Besides, I also want to qualify for the World Super Series. It is not going to be easy as only the top eight qualifies."

    The World Championships is slated to be held in Guangzhou, China from August 5 to 11, while the Super series Finals is scheduled for December 11-15.

    Though she has achieved a lot in the last couple of years, Sindhu could have done better had it not been for her injuries, which she suffered at an early stage of her international career.

    After shocking London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui of China at China Masters last year, she was plagued by a right knee injury that also spoilt her Senior Nationals campaign in Srinagar, where she finished runners-up. She also made it to the finals of the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold.

    Having recovering from the injury completely, Sindhu played in Korea, Malaysia, England, Switzerland and Chinese Taipei this year. She reached the semifinals of the India Open and then went on to win the Malaysian Grand Prix Gold.

    But once again injuries came to haunt her when she hurt her left knee at Sudirman Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

    "Last year, because of injury I could not play in the World Junior and also in the senior nationals I had to play with a knee cap. This year too I had to skip two important events (Thailand and Indonesia)," she said.

    Sindhu is one of the six icon players who would start with a base price of USD 50,000 in the July 19 auction of the inaugural Indian Badminton League, which is scheduled to be held from August 14 to 31.

    "I am really looking forward to IBL. It is a good initiative. I'm waiting for the auctions to find out which team I will represent. It will be exciting," she said.

    Born to former volleyball players P V Ramana and P Vijaya, Sindhu could have become a spiker herself but she choose badminton.

    Inspired by national coach Pullela Gopichand's 2001 All England Championship title, Sindhu dreamt of donning India colours someday and she was well supported by her parents.

    "I always had very supportive parents. They have made a lot of sacrifices for me. I remember for the first couple of years, I had to travel a lot to reach the Gachibowli stadium as we were staying in Secunderabad. So they shifted base near Gachibowli," said Sindhu, who is expecting a big bash on her birthday on Friday.

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    Sindhu launches Shuttle Express

    HYDERABAD, July 17, 2013
    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle4922462.ece

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    Malaysian Grand Prix champion and IBL icon player P.V. Sindhu launched the Indian Badminton Leagues school programme initiative Shuttle Express Hyderabad leg at the Indus World School here on Tuesday.

    ...Talking to the media after the function , P.V. Sindhu said that she was happy with the concept and felt that it would help to promote the sport among school children. She also expressed satisfaction at the response that the scheme had got from the children as well as parents.

    Akhilesh Das Gupta, President, BAI, expressed similar sentiments and felt that the efforts of the badminton icons to visit schools in different cities will inspire children to take up the sport and in turn it will unearth talent in the years to come.

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    Sindhu nets a USD 80K payday, courtesy the IBL.

    http://www.firstpost.com/sports/ibl-...ap-977261.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobalt View Post
    Sindhu nets a USD 80K payday, courtesy the IBL.

    http://www.firstpost.com/sports/ibl-...ap-977261.html
    That's a pretty good haul. But being a top Indian player will do it.

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    Confident of taking on Yihan Wang: Sindhu

    http://www.sportskeeda.com/2013/07/27/confident-of-taking-on-yihan-wang-sindhu/


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    Indian shuttler Pusarla Venkata Sindhu says she is confident of taking on defending champion Yihan Wang at the Guangzhou World Championships from Aug 5-11.


    The two have met only once, at the Sudirman Cup in May, and the Chinese World No.2 Yihan won that encounter against the 18-year-old Indian 19-21, 21-16, 21-14, as her team cantered to a 5-0 victory.


    The World No.12 has a first round bye at the world championships and she is expected to ease past her second round opponent, either Indonesia’s World No.22 Aprilla Yuswandari or Japan’s World No.32 Kaori Imabeppu, before she takes on defending champion Yihan.


    “Well I am taking one match at a time. I have a first round bye then in the second round I will be facing either Aprilla or Kaori, both are tough opponents. If I get past the first hurdle then it will be Yihan. When we met in the Sudirman Cup, I took the first game and ran very close in the second. That gave me a lot of confidence and the hope of beating her. I think it is possible to beat her now since I know how she plays,” Sindhu told IANS from Hyderabad.


    The 18-year-old, who will be participating in the world championships for the first time, said that she started her preparation two weeks ago.


    “It is two weeks now that I have been training and things are fine. Me and my support staff planned how to go about it. I have seen the draw and how each one of my likely opponents plays to chalk out the strategy, viewing and studying the players’ videos,” said the tall lanky Hyderabadi, who is currently pursuing B.Com from St. Ann’s, Mehdipatnam.


    Sindhu has been off court for a couple of months owing to a knee injury and missed both Super Series events in Indonesia and Singapore, but she says she is fully fit now.


    “I am fine now. I pulled out Indonesia and Singapore events owing to a niggle in the right knee. Then I had some problem with my left knee. The rest helped helped me and now I am trying to improve my endurance levels with regular exercise,” said Sindhu, who in May won her first Grand Prix Gold title at the Malaysia Open.


    What is her immediate target?


    “I would like to get into the top-10 by the end of the year and if I achieve it, I would like to protect my ranking. The idea is to play well and give my 100 percent.”


    Sindhu on Monday was sold for $80,000 to the Awadh Warriors in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) players auction and is their icon player.


    “I am quite happy that I would be playing for Lucknow. I did not really think about the price, I am happy with what I got. All the teams in the IBL are more or less of the same standard at the moment and I will try my best to keep my team afloat,” Sindhu signed off.

    She has the confidence and self motivation. Great personality .

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    Sindhu should have a chance to meet Saina during the IBL and the outcome should be interesting.

    But I think SN is well prepared for the eventuality. They must have trained together under Gopi sir or have they?

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