Chetan Anand: PV Sindhu will do well in the Olympics; Swiss Open loss not a concern

Former player stands strongly behind Sindhu despite heavy loss to Carolina Marin at the Swiss Open...

By Soham Mukherjee

PV Sindhu crashed and burned against Carolina Marin in the Swiss Open final in Basel on Sunday.

The ace Indian badminton player was outclassed by her opponent in straight sets 21-12, 21-5 in just 35 minutes.

However, former Commonwealth Games silver medallist shuttler Chetan Anand believes that one should not read much into her loss as she has not played too many international tournaments post lockdown.

"She played well in the Swiss Open. Reaching the finals of such a difficult tournament is no mean feat. I think its a good result. She is definitely getting better with time. She beat the player (Mia Blichfeldt) who she could not beat in Thailand," Anand told the Olympic Channel.

Sindhu lost in the opening round of Thailand Open Super 1000 to Blichfeldt but got the better of the Dane in the semi-finals of the Swiss Open in straight sets (22-20, 21-10).

Her form in the recently concluded tournament makes Anand confident that she will shine bright in the upcoming Tokyo Games.

"I don't think the loss is much of a concern. It is just an off day. This happens in the career of a player But reaching the final is a big thing. Maybe the rhythm was not there. She might have been physically tired. It will not happen regularly. It is all about the particular day. Hopefully, she will do well in the Olympics."

Her duet with Marin was the rematch of the Rio 2016 final and much was anticipated of the clash but Sindhu had to settle for the silver. Her last win against Marin came in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Malaysia Open.

Incidentally, Sindhu's last major title came in Basel when she won the World Championship in 2019. Nevertheless, her record in finals is worrisome as she has finished second best on numerous occasions, faltering at the last hurdle. But Anand thinks that this has got nothing to do with her mentality in the biggest stages.

"She had lost many finals before 2019. When she won the World Championship then media said that she has broken her mental barrier of losing finals. Now again she has reached a final and she has lost it. Once again, the media is questioning her mental fortitude. These are unnecessary things to talk about. A player just plays on the court without thinking any of these things. She will surely do well in the Olympics," reasserted Anand.