Sindhu eyeing world no 1 position next season

New Delhi: Indian badminton player P V Sindhu of Chennai Smashers play against Zhang Beiwen of Mumbai Rockets during the Vodafone Premier Badminton League women’s singles match in New Delhi on Wednesday.PTI Photo(PTI12_27_2017_000185B)

Vastavam web: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu is eyeing the world no 1 position next season but said she will not lose her sleep over rankings as consistent performances will automatically earn her the numero uno spot.Sindhu had achieved a career-best ranking of world no 2 for about two months in the later half of the season.The 22-year-old clinched titles at Syed Modi GPG, India Open, Korea Open, besides finishing second at World championship, Hong Kong Open and Dubai Super Series Finals this season.

Sindhu feels the duration of matches in women’s singles have increased after her epic World Championship final against Nozomi Okuhara.Asked if she ever feels pressure when the crowd cheers for her, Sindhu said: “It actually feels very good to play in India, it motivates me when the crowd cheers for me. Recently, I played at Dubai and I was very happy with the huge support I got there.”Expectations will always be there but we have to play our game and give our best. I don’t feel any pressure,” she added.

According to the new BWF schedule, India Open Super Series will be held by the end of January next year.Coming back after recovering from a shoulder injury, Sameer Verma, who had clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold earlier in the season, said PBL is a good platform to judge his fitness and game.”After injury there is a fear somewhere, so I was also not going all out but PBL is a good match practice as there are lots of top players. I will look to win the next matches.

I am looking it as a super series so that I can win continuously. It will help me next season,” he said.Out of the circuit since the Japan Open in September, Sameer said he will look to remain fit for a long period next season.