Brimming with confidence after a successful season, P.V. Sindhu now wants to win medals at her maiden Commonwealth and Asian Games and said she will look to end the year within the top 6 bracket.
Sindhu showed her worth as the next big sensation in Indian badminton when she won the bronze medal at the World Championship in China and also clinched two Grand Prix Gold titles - Malaysia and Macau - last year.
She made a good start to 2014, finishing runners-up in the Syed Modi International at Lucknow and winning the All India Senior ranking in Kochi and has now set her eyes on the All England Badminton Championship (March 4-9, 2014).
“It is a tight schedule this year; there are back to back tournaments. I was free in February and worked on my strokes and defence,” Sindhu told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of a Li Ning showroom in New Delhi.
“My preparations are going on well for the All England tournament and I will give my best. It is a very important tournament and my aim is to reach the semifinals at least.”
Talking about the upcoming tournaments, Sindhu said: “I had a good start to 2014 and I hope I do better in the further tournaments. Next month, I will play All England and Swiss Open. It will be followed by Super Series events and then Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
“Gopi sir will decide which events to play. I’m excited because it would be first time playing at the Commonwealth Games and I’ll give my best. I think this time we can better our Commonwealth results and win more medals.”
Asked about ranking, Sindhu said: “I wish to win many tournaments. I have been winning medals but I have to improve a lot. I want to see myself around number 7 or 6 in the world by end of this year.”