Hyderabad: Despite rising fame after his women’s singles player P.V. Sindhu became the first Indian woman shuttler to win an Olympics silver medal on August 19, Pullela Gopichand remained humble and continued to inspire the development of badminton in India.
During an interview by Indian media in Chennai, Gopichand has high praise for Sindhu and has moved to play down expectations of the 21-year-old in upcoming tournaments.
“Sindhu is a very calm girl, she has been training very hard, and she knows what to do with her career.”
Gopichand also said it would be unrealistic to expect Sindhu to repeat her Olympic success as she returns to the international competition this week at the Denmark Open.
“She has prepared well for the Denmark Open. There will be high expectations on her in Odense, but realistically, it’s hard to play at the high level again in just a month or two months after the Olympics.”
Gopichand admitted that after Sindhu’s success in Rio, her opponents have started in-depth analysis of her game.
“Sindhu has to improve all aspects of her game. Player needs to evolve and improve to create continuous success.”
P.V Sindhu will kick off her Denmark Open campaign against world No. 11 He Bingjiao on Wednesday, and will participate at French Open next week before returning to India.