PV Sindhu expects players to display new tricks in post-COVID times

Out of competitive badminton since March due to COVID-19, India’s No. 1 women’s shuttler PV Sindhu thinks she may be returning to a very different type of game.

By Utathya Nag

Indian star PV Sindhu expects some big changes in badminton once the sport marks a full-fledged return post the COVID-enforced interruptions.

The Rio 2016 Olympics silver medallist, however, also affirmed that she has been putting in the hard yards at the practice courts to ensure she can take on the impending challenges head-on.

“Yes, it (badminton) is going to be very different. Every player will come out with different skills and different techniques. It’s going to be a different kind of game,” she told Times Now Digital in a recent interview.

Competitive badminton tournaments have been few and far between since the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the global sporting calendars from March.

PV Sindhu thinks the break from regular competitions has enabled top badminton players the time to work on unlocking new facets of their games.

“It’s been something different because all the time we have been playing and going for tournaments and coming back.

“In one way it’s an advantage where you have got enough time to train and learn new things and also new techniques,” PV Sindhu pointed out.

“I will also improvise my skills and strokes once the tournaments begin again. So yeah, looking forward to it,” she added.

PV Sindhu’s last competitive badminton match was the All England Open quarter-finals against Nozomi Okuhara in March.

Earlier, the 25-year-old Sindhu had revealed that she has been working on new strokes to further diversify her game on the badminton court.

The 2019 BWF World Championships gold medallist’s last competitive match was at this year’s All England Open in March, where she reached the quarter-finals.

With a majority of the badminton tournaments being cancelled or postponed, PV Sindhu was finally set to return to the court last month with the Uber Cup followed by Denmark Open.

While the former had to be postponed, PV Sindhu opted to withdraw from the latter due to COVID-related safety concerns. As things stand, she will only return to competitive badminton in January when the Asian leg of the BWF World Tour kicks off.

“I’m actually eagerly waiting to come back on the court. It is very important that we make sure everything is neat and it is not an easy thing for the organisers out there because a lot of people are coming from different countries,” Sindhu said. 

PV Sindhu is currently in London, working on her nutrition and recovery whilst practising with English shuttlers.