PV Sindhu hasn’t shown the world her best yet: Pullela Gopichand

first_imgPullella Gopichand said India’s Rio Olympic Silver medalist PV Sindhu is far from a complete package still and said the 21-year-old is yet to show the world what she is capable of.Sindhu became India’s first female athlete to win a Silver medal at the Olympics. She also happens to be India’s youngest ever medalist. The shuttler stormed into the final of the women’s singles event before losing a hard-fought match to world number one Carolina Marin to settle for Silver.Gopichand, delighted with her effort, said she is primed for much bigger things.”She is far away from complete transformation. She is only 21 has another 10 years of career ahead of her.WATCH VIDEO HERE “The world still hasn’t seen the best of Sindhu. When she becomes what I see in her now, she will be head and shoulders above the rest in the world,” Gopichand told the media at his academy in Hyderabad. (Also read: Sindhu, Gopichand thank Telangana government for grand felicitation)The 42-year-old said he was proud of his ward for the way she performed under pressure at the Olympics. It was of course a well-planned campaign. Gopi, regarded as the best badminton coach in the country, oversaw Saina Nehwal’s Bronze in London four years ago and besides Sindhu, guided Kidambi Srikanth to the quarterfinals, where he lost to Lin Dan.Gopichand said it helped that the entire badminton contingent stayed in the same flat at the Games Village.”We were lucky that we were all staying in the same flat. There was no outside interaction and it helped us plan the whole thing to perfection,” he said.advertisementSindhu, overwhelmed with the attention on her return home, said she was grateful to her parents for all their sacrifices. He mother, P Vijaya, quit her job to ensure her daughter reached the Gopichand Academy early in the morning. (Also read: Telengana Deputy Chief Minister promises additional coach for PV Sindhu)” I am very thankful to my parents because they have done a lot for me,” she said.Sindhu said throughout the campaign, she never thought of the medal but insisted she believed in herself to deliver. “Gopi sir also believed in me and we decided to take it one match at a time.”Sindhu and Gopichad, who landed in India earlier today, were given a grand welcome by the Telangana government at the Gachibowli Stadium.last_img