first_imgSindhu, who said she had been working on her on-court Sindhu, who said she had been working on her on-court movement, pointed out that her extra height gave her some advantages but there were also some drawbacks. “I have been doing footwork programme and have been doing various sessions to move faster. My strong point always has been my attacking game, but nowadays nobody is giving that (leeway to) attack. Because I am tall (6-foot, 10-inches) everybody plays a fast game and downward strokes. “I have been doing more of downward stroke (countering) because against players who are tall they (opponents) dont give chances to attack. They keep you more in defence. There are advantages as well as disadvantages with being tall. One thing (advantage) is the (better) reach, (but) they make you bend a lot more,” she said. Asked about her marginally better record against top Chinese players in comparison to her senior compatriot Saina, Sindhu said their approach was different. “Saina has a different style of play. She plays more of attack nowadays and Im playing more of rallies. Its totally different – the way Saina plays them and I play them,” she said. Sindhu hailed her senior compatriot and London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal saying that she been a huge inspiration, especially with her experience in representing the country in past Olympic Games and doing well. “Its always good for the country that she has been doing really well and has brought many laurels. She has been achieving and achieved a lot for the country. “At the same time (looking at her feats), I feel I should play much better and work harder to prove myself. Basically she has been a inspiration. She has much more experience as a player and its her third Olympics.” Asked about the likelihood of facing Saina across the court in Rio, Sindhu said, “Definitely that (possibility) will be there. Only one (of us) can win if that happens. Off court we are friends, but on court the rivalry is there.” She recalled Sainas return to Hyderabad four years ago after becoming the countrys first-ever Olympic medallist in badminton in London. “When she came back we all congratulated her. There was a big thing, people coming and greeting her. It felt great.” “No, I have not asked her to show the medal,” she added. PTI SSR GK PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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