World champion PV Sindhu said sky-high expectation from her makes her work even harder as she aims at a second medal in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in July-August. “From the Rio Olympics to now, my life has changed a lot. I won a lot and I lost some. I have been improving step by step. Not much was expected of me when I went to Rio but now people look for a gold medal from me,” Sindhu, who is here to play for Hyderabad Hunters in the fifth edition of PBL, said. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2021: No Hugs or Handshakes But 150,000 Condoms Will be Given Out - Organizers Issue Strict Guidelines For Athletes During Summer Games
“I look at it in a positive way when everyone expects me to do well. I don’t consider that as added pressure and that will only make me work even harder. It’s not going to be easy but I’m prepared for the challenges awaiting me,” she added. Also Read - BWF World Tour Finals 2021 Results: PV Sindhu Ends Campaign With Win, Kidambi Srikanth Exits With Defeat
Being an Olympic year, the world No 6 said it was good to play the PBL because one got to play with top players which is helpful. Sindhu won her opening match in the fifth edition of PBL on Monday against Gayatri Gopichand. But her team Hyderabad Hunters lost 2-5 in the overall tie to the Chennai Superstarz. Also Read - BWF World Tour Finals: Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu Virtually Out of Knockouts After Back-to-Back Defeats
“We get to play with top quality players in PBL like Tai Tzu Ying, which is helpful in an Olympic-year. We get to learn a lot from foreign players, who come up with user inputs. Even I get to improve some aspects of my game by interacting with foreign talent. They offer useful tips that can help the growth of a player.
“There is a lot more time before the Olympics. We have a couple of important events in the run-up to the Olympics. For now, my focus is on helping my team in the PBL. I just want to play my game and enjoy,” she added.
The 24-year old shuttler, who has had an up-and-down run since winning the world title in Basel last year, said she was working on her mental fitness, adding it was important to be in a positive frame of mind and come back stronger.
“I have been working on mental fitness. There have been close matches in the past where I won and some that I lost. It’s important to be in a positive frame of mind and come back stronger and rectify the mistakes,” Sindhu said.
The ace shuttler also said it was important to pick and choose tournaments.
“It is important to pick and choose tournaments because at times you might not be feeling 100 per cent. Some people say that you have to play as many events as you can but only if you believe you can give your best should you play,” Sindhu further added.