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    Default P. V. Sindhu पुसर्ला वेन्कटा सिन्धु

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    Sindhu, a Saina in the making


    Stan Rayan

    KOCHI: As she warms up on court, stretching her long limbs, you get a feeling that P.V. Sindhu is in the wrong sport. She's just 15 but she's already 5'11, and still growing.

    She would have been a blessing for Indian basketball, but instead of aiming at the ho
    op, the young girl decided to chase birds' very early in life. And she's proving to be a big blessing for badminton.

    Sindhu, the junior National champion from Secunderabad, won her maiden international women's title at the Maldives Challenge last week. And on Thursday, her women's world ranking shot up by 58 spots from the previous week's 203 to 145.

    But she's made for bigger things, says Thomas John, a former British coach who had coached Gopi Chand, in England, and Saina Nehwal earlier.

    Sindhu could be a bigger force than Saina. She has good height, good temperament and she's not flustered when she's playing anybody, said the Indian-born Thomas, at the Rajiv Gandhi indoor stadium here on Friday.

    Six years ago, Thomas had predicted that Saina then just 15 would be a bigger star than Gopi Chand. He had said that the young girl, who was just beginning to make it on the senior national stage, would be a world-beater.

    And now, he has bet it big on Sindhu.

    She's just 15 but she's already beginning to make a mark in the women's circuit. Age is just a number in her case, said Thomas, who is now coaching youngsters in Lucknow.

    Thomas had coached Sindhu, along with Saina, at Gopi Chand's Academy in Gachibowli, Hyderabad, for about two years.

    She was around 12 and a wispy little girl then, said Thomas. I used to take her for tournaments. Sometimes, she used to literally collapse in exhaustion.

    But now Sindhu is a lot stronger and brimming with confidence too.

    Big dream

    I want to be the World No. 1 one day, said the young girl, the women's singles bronze medalist at the Indian Grand Prix in Hyderabad in December.

    Saina is a powerhouse, bursting with energy, said Thomas. Sindhu is more wily; she's more like the Aparna Popat type of player.

    Along with a wonderful reach, her tall frame also offers her a huge advantage, especially when it comes to smashes which can come from a very steep angle.

    But some feel her height could be a disadvantage while diving and while handling drops.

    In her genes

    Height is a handicap if you do not work on certain areas, explained Thomas. Sindhu can be very strong as she grows up. She has got it in her genes.

    Her parents were both volleyball players.

    Her dad, international P.V. Ramana, was a centre-blocker in the Indian team a side which included the great Jimmy George which won the Asian Games bronze in Seoul in 1986, the country's last medal in the sport at the Games.

    And her mother Vijaya who studied at Chennai's Vaishnav College, is a former Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh star.

    So how does it feel for a 15-year-old to be in a women's world?

    When I play tournaments, I go with a free mind, said Sindhu, a former Asian junior (under-16) bronze medallist.

    Whenever I play a seeded girl, I don't think I'm going to lose. I just see that I play my best.

    That positive attitude saw her trouble many players in the World's top 50, including two on her way to the Maldives title.

    Sindhu needs to work on her leg strength and on her defence. And there will be plenty of hurdles before her.

    Thankfully, age is on her side.

    Full story: http://www.hindu.com/2011/06/18/stor...1856631800.htm

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    Full name: Pusarla Venkata Sindhu
    Date of Birth: July 5, 1995
    Height: 5'10" (1.78 m)
    Current BWF ranking: 145
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    P V Sindhu at the recently concluded all-India Junior ranking tournament. Pictured here with the Under-19 and the Under-17 boy's winners. Sindhu won the Under-17 and the Under-19 singles titles, as well as the Under-17 doubles title.

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    Full story: http://www.firstpost.com/blogs/no-ta...tar-24639.html

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    Some excerpts:

    "Sindhu was just finding her feet on the badminton circuit that year and has followed in Sainas footsteps in dominating the age group tournaments in India even before she was 15. She, in fact, went a step further by finishing fifth in the World Junior championship in Mexico in March 2010 and then reached the quarterfinals of the Asian Badminton Championship in New Delhi. She also qualified for the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore last year, but was left out since she was under-age.

    "But the triumph in Male, (the Maldives International Challenge, June 11) where she defeated world number 43 Marin Carolina of Spain and world number 52 Agnese Allegrini of Italy enroute to the final, should give her the confidence to start taking giant strides towards stardom."

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    saw her before
    not impressed

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    who care about u impressed or not?
    u are nobody

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    Quote Originally Posted by limsy View Post
    saw her before
    not impressed
    Any particular reason?

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    Height is obviously an advantage in badminton. Exception are Susi (my all time favorite player) and Gong ZC.
    XXF, with her long limbs takes 2 steps to cover the court so even though she does not have Susi/Gong speed, she is very seldom out of position and was very successful in her baddy career.
    In WC2005, XXF played CSC (Taiwan), she made CSC ran all over the court. Same thing ZN did to PHY. Vertically challenged players have more work to become great players. Genetically blessed tall player does has advantage.
    Sindhu is only 15, give chance lah... The same can be said of Axelson, only 17, give chance lah-too

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneToughBirdie View Post
    Height is obviously an advantage in badminton. Exception are Susi (my all time favorite player) and Gong ZC.
    XXF, with her long limbs takes 2 steps to cover the court so even though she does not have Susi/Gong speed, she is very seldom out of position and was very successful in her baddy career.
    In WC2005, XXF played CSC (Taiwan), she made CSC ran all over the court. Same thing ZN did to PHY. Vertically challenged players have more work to become great players. Genetically blessed tall player does has advantage.
    Sindhu is only 15, give chance lah... The same can be said of Axelson, only 17, give chance lah-too
    Mia Audina is not exactly a tall girl and she was twice an Olympic silver medalist.
    on the other hand, Misbun Sidek is quite tall himself, says no more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanY View Post
    Mia Audina is not exactly a tall girl and she was twice an Olympic silver medalist.
    on the other hand, Misbun Sidek is quite tall himself, says no more.
    Gong, Susi are exceptions. No guarantee height will produce result but it helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahkiong View Post
    who care about u impressed or not?
    u are nobody
    if u dont care i am not impressed
    then dont waste ur precious time to reply me
    hehe
    by the way so far those youngster which i mentioned to be good,had shine in senior circuit
    ratchanok,tai tzuying,mitani minatsu
    lol

    Quote Originally Posted by cobalt View Post
    Any particular reason?
    skill and footwork not too smooth i would say
    Last edited by limsy; 06-22-2011 at 07:36 AM.

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    Sindhu just helped India get past Chinese Taipei and into the semi-finals of the Asian Youth Under-19 Team Championships; she beat Wan Yi Tang 21-17, 21-13

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    Sindhu will be another good player...we need non-chinese in WS to make the game more interesting...

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    sindhu is in the semi final of ajc , well done
    where is the non impress guy?
    that guy is really a fool and idiot
    he really think he is a coach or what?
    silly guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by huangkwokhau View Post
    Sindhu will be another good player...we need non-chinese in WS to make the game more interesting...
    Yup, she can accompany Ratchanok. Hopefully, Taiwan Tai will join the 'gang' when she is able to train full time

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    Sindhu is the only non-China WS player through to the semis. The other 3 are all (non seeded) China players! I think this really demonstrates the depth that China possess especially in the WS game. They have 3 basically untested players come up out of nowhere and walk into the semis, beating other "seeded" players along the way...

    Lets see if Sindhu can stop them...
    She's up next against another tall player, Sun Yu in the semis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahkiong View Post
    sindhu is in the semi final of ajc , well done
    where is the non impress guy?
    that guy is really a fool and idiot
    he really think he is a coach or what?
    silly guy
    hi
    come back if she reach semi of wjc,yawn

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