A day after seven shuttlers pulled out of the All England Championships, PV Sindhu has set her sights on the elusive tournament and along with a few others, is leaving for Birmingham Saturday night for the tournament. Sindhu, who has already booked her berth, is aiming to win the title for the second time in her career, a reason why she’s travelling to the UK, where the disease has infected more than 150 and resulted in the death of two. Also Read - BWF Freezes Rankings Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Standings Backdated to March 17 to be Basis For Entry in Future Events
“Preparations for All England are good, I am leaving tonight,” Sindhu told Times of India before leaving. “I got enough time to practice, everything went on really well this time. I have to play well that’s all. Park (coach) has been closely monitoring me and working on my strokes.” Also Read - Shadow Practice, Video Calls With Coach: How PV Sindhu Is Spending Her Time During Coronavirus Lockdown
Besides, Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth will also be travelling to Birmingham, where the BWF Super-1000 event will take place between March 11 and 15. India’s top shuttlers, including HS Prannoy, Sameer Verma and world no 10 men’s pairing of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, have withdrawn from the prestigious tournament. The season’s first World Tour Super 1000 tournament, the All England Championships, counts towards qualification for Tokyo 2020 which begins in July this year. Also Read - Life Comes First, Olympics Next: PV Sindhu During Lockdown
“I am not that worried. We have to take care of ourselves, that’s what I feel. It’s there almost everywhere, even in India. We should be careful that’s all. Many are not playing, but I am ok,” Sindhu said.
“I want to win the title this year. It’s one of my long term targets. The draw is neither tough nor easy. Every match is tough, it depends on how you play on that particular day. The top seven-eight players like Tai Tzu (Ying), Yamaguchi (Akane), Okuhara (Nozomi), Chen Yufei are of the same standard. The court also matters a lot,” said Sindhu.