Sindhu remains confident of taming Shixian for 4th time

New Delhi: Just weeks after outwitting Chinese Shixian Wang at the Swiss Open, P V Sindhu will once again face the arduous task of taming the two-time All England Champion in the opening round of the India Super Series, but the shuttler remains confident of her chances and said she is looking to better her last year`s semifinal finish.

Sindhu described the women`s singles draw as "tough" but said she is counting on her past record and the advantage of playing at home to beat the world number three when they clash at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on Wednesday.

"The draw is tough because I am playing Wang Shixian in the first round. I know I have won against her three times and this would be my fourth time. I hope I win this time also," Sindhu told reporters during the launch of the Yonex Sunrise Metlife India Open.

"I played against Wang just weeks back, so I didn`t think ever that I will play her in the first round again, so for me it was like `oh again`. But I will have the crowd support since it is happening in Delhi, so I hope I can play well, it is my home course, so I will have the advantage. I am confident.

"If I win again, I will play Sayaka (Takahashi) in the second round. I lost to her once but it was long back in Malaysia in 2012. So hoping for the best," she added.

Sindhu, who had reached the quarters and semifinals in the 2012 and 2013 edition of the tournament, said she wants to do better this time around.

"I really played well in Swiss Open. I reached the semifinals and with just one more point, I could have gone further. In India Open, I reached the semifinals last year. I hope I play with the same tempo and this time go further in the tournament," she said.

After playing back-to-back tournaments in All England and Swiss Open, Sindhu was back to her training and said she focused on her defence during the last two weeks.

"I was concentrating on my defence. It is perfectly all right now. After Swiss, it was back to training because the draw was like Shixian again, a Chinese player. They just go to youtube.Com and check out our matches and immediately catch our mistakes, so we have to work harder," Sindhu said.

"We have our coaches, Gopi sir is there, He tells my mistakes, I record my matches when I am abroad whenever I am playing against any player, not only the Chinese and I watch my matches."

The 18-year-old from Hyderabad had won the bronze medal

at World Championship in China and also notched up a couple of titles at Malaysia and Macau last year.

Sindhu felt she has improved as a player in the past one year but said it is just a beginning.

"Comparatively, I have improved a lot as a player. I won the bronze in world championship and two Grand Prix Gold titles and then this year, I reached the finals in Syed Modi and then reached the semifinals of Swiss. So I think I have improved game wise and also fitness wise," she said.

"But I think I have to improve much more, it is just the beginning for me."

Asked how difficult it was to go through early losses after the high of World Championship, Sindhu said: "It was really depressing."

"After World Championship, there was IBL and then Japan and recently in All England. I lost in the first round. But I think we have to come out of that, note your mistake and practice them, I guess ups and downs are always there. It happens, you miss sometimes by just one point but then it happens, its part of the game."

It is going to be a hectic season for International shuttlers with the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championship to be held later this year.

Asked about her thoughts about Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, Sindhu said she is excited.

"I would be playing for the first time and so I am excited and I think it is a tough compeition as lot of top players are playing. It is a tough schedule this year as after India Super Series I will be playing in Singapore and then Thomas and Uber Cup and other events as well. I am looking forward to that," she said.

Asked if she feels the pressure being in the top 10, Sindhu said: "Pressure will always be there, so

need not worry. I don't want to think about that and just concentrate on my game. I know people will ask me about my game and opinion and would be comparing me with Saina, I feel happy. It is nothing like pressure. I am always being asked about Saina and me, so I have to be comfortable."

Talking about the level of competition, she said: "It is not posible to judge player by the seeding. Everyone is very good. Even from the junior circuit many players are coming up. So we have to change our game accordingly and I think whoever gives 100 per cent is a winner."

India will be hosting the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals for the first time and Sindhu hoped that it would be a successful tournament for the country.

"It is really very important since it is happening in India. Now we have two singles players, me and Saina. There are other good players as well but so I really hope we perform really well this time," she said.