PV Sindhu should prioritise winning All England title: Prakash Padukone
India badminton star PV Sindhu should prioritise winning the All England Championship, which is the only trophy missing from her cabinet, the legendary Prakash Padukone said on Tuesday.
Padukone, India’s first All England champion, said Sindhu should plan her schedule in such a way that she is in the best possible shape for winning the prestigious title.
“If I were in her (Sindhu’s) place, I would do that (prioritise the tournament). That is one title, which is missing from her ... otherwise I think she has done a fantastic job,” Padukone said after launching the PSM Badminton Coaching Programme at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai.
“...Probably she is the best badminton player, she has won everything: Olympics, World Championship, five medals. All England is one which is not in her (winners list trophies),” he said.
Sindhu had become the first Indian woman to claim two Olympic medals when she won the bronze at the Tokyo Games to go with her silver at Rio five years ago. The 26-year-old from Hyderabad won two silver and two bronze medals before securing the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships in Basel. She also won a silver (2018) and bronze (2014) medal at the Commonwealth Games in women’s singles besides the team gold three years ago.
“I think she has done well in the year-end tournaments, so All England is the title she should aim for and work backward,” said Padukone, who had claimed the trophy in 1980.
Padukone attributed Sindhu and Saina Nehwal’s success to their physical abilities.