Sindhu aims to crack top ten in rankings by year-end

Mumbai, PTI | Updated : 28 June 2013, 09:59 PM

Rising Indian shuttler P V Sindhu is confident of breaking into the top-10 of world rankings by the end of this year.

"I was 11 and then slipped to 12th because I didn't play a few tournaments like Singapore and Indonesia due to an injury to my left knee. I now fit and back to training and preparing well for the championship. There is still one month to go so preparing very well for that.

"My aim is by the end of this year, I would like to come into the top-10. My dream is that," Sindhu told PTI at a function organised by Olympic Gold Quest, the sports foundation she has been associated with for the last two years.

The 18-year-old is aiming to do well in her first world championships that will be held in Guangzhou, China.

"Right now, I don't have any tournaments. The next is the world championship in August. For me, it is my first time, so I wish to give my best.

"All the top players are going to come and my goal is to play the quarters or semis, but let's see how the draw favours us," she said.

The lanky youngster, who tasted her maiden success at the international level when she won the singles crown in the Malaysian Gold Grand Prix earlier this year, said the Chinese were not as invincible as they appear to be.

"The Malaysian Gold Grand Prix was my first big victory. Defeating the Chinese players is very tough for a player but I think they are not really unbeatable. Of course they are tough but even the Indian players are coming up," she said.

"The Chinese players are at the top but now Saina (Nehwal) and I have started winning more often against them. I think it is not difficult. Of course, earlier, the Chinese dominance was really high with the world number one, two, three all from China but now it is changing," she pointed out.

Asked if she has a different game plan while approaching the Chinese players, Sindhu said, "With each player it is a different kind of game. Chinese players are of the top level. With every player, it is a different thinking.

First Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 09:56 PM
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