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Sindhu: Intanon one of the best

New Delhi: The career graph of PV Sindhu is on an upswing. Known as a talented youngster trying to make a mark at the international level in the beginning of 2012, the 18-year-old from Hyderabad is now the new star, especially after winning the bronze medal at the World Badminton Championships.

Sindhu has beaten every top player in the world including Li Xuerui, Wang Shixian and Wang Yihan. The only player who has troubled her in the past few meetings is Ratchanok Intanon, the current world champion. Sindhu, however, is now looking forward to play the Thai girl again.

“Playing the international circuit is always tough… there are so many good players. But Intanon is one of the best. She had beaten me thrice recently. But the next time I meet her, things could be different,” the Hyderabad teenager told The Telegraph.

Currently in the capital to play the Nationals, Sindhu has already started planning meticulously for 2014. “Everything will be finalised after talking to Gopi Sir. I have a few tournaments lined up – Korean Open, Malaysian Open, Syed Modi tournament in Lucknow and there could be a prize money tournament in Kerala.

“I am not sure whether I would play the Malaysian or the Lucknow one, but it all depends on my coach,” said Sindhu.

In the ongoing Nationals, Sindhu would be one of the main attractions, especially after the withdrawal of Saina Nehwal and P Kashyap. Sindhu, however, is determined to do well in the Nationals. “I think the Nationals are important even though I have been mainly playing in international meets.

“Here too, you get to play against some very tough opponents. Even some of the juniors have the quality to surprise the best in the country,” she said.

The World No. 11 is now focussed to do well in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games next year. “It will be my first time in both Games. Given a chance, I would like to win both titles,” Sindhu said with a charming smile.

Meanwhile, Daniel S. Farid, Shreyanshi Pardeshi and Karishma Wadkar posted upset victories over their more experienced opponents in their respective matches to qualify for the main round of the Nationals. While Daniel defeated B. Kiran Kumar 21-15, 20-22, 21-6 in men’s event, Karishma Wadkar beat R Santoshi Hasini 21-8, 13-21, 21-19 and Shreyanshi Pardeshi got the better of Sampada Sahastrabuddhe 21-16, 21-14.