Sindhu, Kashyap top draws at PSPB Inter-Unit tourney

New Delhi: Saina Nehwal won`t be seen in action but some of India`s other top shuttlers such as P V Sindhu and P Kashyap will fight it out for the top prize in the 35th PSPB Inter-Unit Badminton tournament beginning here from Monday.

Other top players competing in the event are Ashwini Ponappa, Jwala Gutta, V Diju, Gurusai Dutt, K Srikanth and Ajay Jairam among others.

The tournament will be held at the Siri Fort sports complex. The five-day event, which will conclude on Friday, will have the players representing their companies in teams and singles championships.

"It is hugely beneficial for all of us shuttlers," Sindhu said when asked about the importance of the event.

Ponappa said: "It is really important. PSPB takes a lot of trouble promoting sports. This is the least we can do."

The team championship is decided on a point system with points awarded for singles and doubles matches in the men`s, women`s and veteran categories. The same process will be followed in the singles championships.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Gas Authority of India Limited, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Oil India Limited, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation and The Host - Engineers India Limited will be companies participating in the event.

Talking about her game, Sindhu said she was working on ways to avoid committing unforced errors.

"I have been making a lot of unforced errors. I am working on that," Sindhu, who lost in the pre-quarters in the Japan Open recently, said.

Showering accolades on Saina, Sindhu said "she is an experienced and a world class player".

"But mistakes happen... Everyday can`t be yours," she added, referring to her loss in the Japan Open and to Saina in the inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL).

As far as improvements in rankings were concerned, she said, "I would like to break into the top-7. It does not come up easily, I need to prove it. It`s really difficult but I am trying my level best," Sindhu said.


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