Bopanna, Prakash Padukone support Sindhu after World Championships loss

first_imgRohan Bopanna has come out in support of PV Sindhu after the latter lost her second consecutive final of Badminton World Championships to Carolina Marin in Nanjing, China on Sunday.PV Sindhu, who became the only player after Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei to secure silver in three consecutive major finals (Olympics 2016, World Championships 2017 and 2018), has led many to believe that there is a mental block with her when it comes to the finals.After the recent final 21-19, 21-10 loss to Spain’s Carolina Marin, French Open 2017 winner and India’s top tennis doubles player Rohan Bopanna has come out in support of Sindhu and asked the media to treat the emotions of athletes with respect.Bopanna took to Twitter to share one of the headline’s after the loss on Sunday and said the frustration of losing in the final is further intensified for athletes when they are discredited of their effort.”How about instead of this headline it be: ‘yet another consistent performance by Sindhu at the World Championships which shows her peaking at big events.’What we do today can improve all our thoughts tomorrow. #justmythought #PVSindhu Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) August 6, 2018″While covering news, keep in mind the sentiment of a sportspersons who themselves are far from ecstatic to lose in the finals. If anything it already is more frustrating to lose to further be discredited,” Bopanna said on Twitter.BWF World Championships 2018 was the fourth final Sindhu lost this year. At almost the start of the season, Sindhu lost the final of India Open to Beiwen Zhang of USA. Saina Nehwal trumped Sindhu in the final of 2018 Commonwealth Games before the Olympic silver-medallist lost the Thailand Open final to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.advertisementSince the last one and a half years, there have been murmurs that Sindhu fails to cross the final hurdle because she is not mentally strong enough for a major final. Sindhu, however, has always maintained that she works on the mental aspect of her game but those losses have all been about that day.India’s first All England Championships champion Prakash Padukone also backed Sindhu and applauded her consistency maintaining that she is still young and she has it in her to win gold in the future.Also read – Badminton World Championships 2018: Sindhu sets up final against Marin”It is quite creditable that she reached the final again. The competition is very tough. She should aim for the gold next time. She beat two Japanese players [Okuhara and Yamaguchi] against whom she normally loses. Unfortunate that she could not do the same in the final,” said Padukone on the sidelines of PNB Metlife Junior Badminton Championship here today.”There is nothing like that [mental block]. She is still young, she will definitely win [the World Championships] in near future. She is already one the greatest players from India.””We should not put too much pressure on her when she is doing well. She is world number three. The focus should be on how we can make her win rather than why she is losing the final again and again. If we keep doing that, she would only feel more pressure.”Also read – BWF World Championships 2018: PV Sindhu overcomes Okuhara to reach semisPullela Gopichand, national coach, is responsible for producing world class players in Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth. While Pakudone praised Gopichand for his work, he said that it’s time the national coach gets some assistance.”Gopi is doing a good job. He needs somebody with him to assist him. There are so many good players. For one coach to take care of so many players, it would be difficult,” Padukone, who runs an academy in Bengaluru, said.Upon being questioned about the recent run of Saina Nehwal, Prakash Padukone said, “she needs to be a little consistent and manage her schedule better.”World Championships got over on Sunday and the Asian Games start later this month, in what is an extremely tight calendar for Indians this year. Padukone said the Indian players need to focus on managing the already tight schedule.”It [Asian Games] is so close to the World Championships. It is difficult for players to peak at two important back-to-back events. The schedule is tough anyway. Players have to pick and choose, there is no other way [to manage workload]. In a way,it is good that more sponsors are showing interest in the sport. Both stakeholders [sponsors and BWF] need to sit together and sort it out.”advertisementPadukone belives that India have made a massive progress in badminton in the last few years and not all they need to do is show the same in big and important events.”I think they have already conquered [the Asian wall]. Just that we are not able to put it across in important events. Most of the leading India players have beaten most of the world’s top players in some tournament or the other. We just need to click in important events. Last five years, we have been at the top. We are no less than China, Japan or Korea.””We are improving steadily [in doubles] but talent is more in the singles. Now one or two players are doing well in paired events. We did not even have that two years ago. It takes time. We need more Centres of Excellence apart from the one in Hyderabad,” felt Padukone.(With PTI inputs)last_img