PV Sindhu insists Tai Tzu Ying is still the player to beat at the World Championships

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PV Sindhu eyes medal at the World Championships. (photo: AFP)
PV Sindhu eyes medal at the World Championships. (photo: AFP)

New Delhi: Having suffered a hard-fought loss to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the one-hour 50-minute slugfest, the longest match of the 2017 World Championships final, India’s PV Sindhu is determined to stand on the top of the podium at this year’s edition, which starts in Nanjing, China next Monday.

Sindhu told Indian media that her preparation for the world meet had gone well, and she is ready to take on World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying, who has been known for her fascinating talent in creating a variety of deceptive shots.

“The World Championships will probably be using different shuttlecocks, and the speed could be slow.”

“I would need to be more consistent, reduce the unforced errors, and play good defense.”

“If I can do all these, I believe I can beat her.”

The last time both Sindhu and Tai met was in the 2018 Malaysia Open semi-final, where Tai picked up a 21-15, 19-21, 21-11 victory against the Indian player.

“I lost my focus and made a lot of mistake at Malaysia Open. I could have taken the match at 18-19 if my smash didn’t go out of bound.”

“Then, in the third set, after 4-4, I committed a lot of errors and gave her a lot of easy points,” said Sindhu.

Tai Tzu Ying currently hold a 9-3 career meeting record against PV Sindhu, while Sindhu last victory against Tai was in the 2016 Rio Olympic first round.

If the seeds hold, PV Sindhu could potentially play Tai Tzu Ying in the 2018 World Championships final.

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