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‘Much better player now’


Hyderabad: With a string of morale boosting wins coming her way this year, shuttler PV Sindhu says she has become confident about taking on the more seasoned players on the international circuit next year.

“The competition is tough at the international level. There are very good players. But, there is nothing like a psychological barrier for me (while taking on top players from China and other countries). As you play, you gain confidence and improve,” Sindhu, who won the Macau Open this week, said on Thursday.

“This year was very good for me. The wins gave me a lot of confidence. I’m a much better player now and I would like to continue my good form in future as well,” she said.

Replying to a query, she said she was disappointed over a lean phase she passed through after the World Championships and the IBL.

“I lost a few matches during that phase. It felt bad but I think it is part of the game. I kept on practising to do well,” Sindhu said.

As several prestigious tournaments, including the Super Series, the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games lined up for next year, the 18-year-old shuttler from Andhra Pradesh would like to give her best and is counting on the support of her mentor and national coach Pullela Gopichand.