first_img“The jump smash was very helpful in this tournament. Gopi “The jump smash was very helpful in this tournament. Gopi sir had always told me to use it, but I never tried it (earlier). Initially it was a bit tough (to master) as all my strokes were going into the net. Later, everything went well and everyone started asking me about it. Its one of the weapons I have, I can say,” said Sindhu. Normally a calm person on court, Sindhu surprised everyone at the Games by expressing her emotions openly during the feverishly fought final, in which she came back from 16-19 to win the opening game before losing the match. “Aggression should always be on your face and you need to be alert for every point. If you take it easy for one point you may lose many. It was an Olympic final. The whole week was wonderful. I never thought I will reach the final,” she said.”Against Carolina, I was well prepared. I had met her in Denmark (Open). I made 2-3 mistakes and she took the lead. The shuttles were also a bit fast. Had I won those points, things could have been different,” she added.The 2-1 victory over Michelle Li of Canada in the preliminary group stage was also a result of careful planning, said Sindhu.”I and Gopi sir prepared well strategy-wise. I was disappointed by my loss to her in the CWG. But I did not think about that match. It was a fresh match and I thought I had really worked hard and played my heart out,” said Sindhu. “Its not really easy for a tall person as far as agility is concerned. For the last two and a half months, I was very focused in working out (on the agility front) and it really improved,” said Sindhu. Although Chinese women did not win any medal at the Rio Games, Sindhu did not think their dominance was ending. “Whoever does well and gives the best on that day wins,” she said. Looking ahead, Sindhu said her first competition would be the USD 700,000 Denmark Open Super Series Premier followed by the USD 300,000 Paris Open a week later. “There are many tournaments coming up — the (USD 1 million) Dubai World Super Series finals (from Dec 14-18); and before that the Denmark Open and Paris (French Open),” she said. PTI SSR NRB CM CM JMFadvertisementlast_img

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