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PV Sindhu says sealing a Rio Olympics berth is among her primary objectives

429   //    28 Aug 2015, 11:20 IST
PV Sindhu in action during the World Championships

India won their 4th World Championships medal at Jakarta a few weeks back, courtesy a silver medal from Saina Nehwal. However, the other Women’s singles contender PV Sindhu couldn't win her third consecutive medal losing in the quarterfinals to Ji Hyun Sung, after beating China’s Li Xuerui in the third round.

Talking about the loss in the quarterfinals, the 20-year-old admitted to have made a few errors and added that her inability to counter a three-point deficit did have an impact on the match.

"At such a level of competition, it is anybody's game and I made some mistakes.

"I conceded a three-point advantage to her in the decider which I could not nullify," she said on the sidelines of an awards ceremony, as reported by the Times of India. 

"I am not repenting the loss, but yes I am a bit sad at missing out on a medal this time," Sindhu added.

When asked what chief coach Pullela Gopichand thought about her performance, she said he was okay with it, considering that she had returned from an injury lay-off.

"Sir is okay with my show in Jakarta given the fact that I came back from an injury lay-off," the shuttler said.

When asked about her upcoming challenges, Sindhu said her primary objective at the moment is to seal a berth at the 2016 Rio Olympics and conceded in order to put in qualify for the Summer Games, she has to put in consistent performances.

"First I want to ensure my Rio berth and to do that, I have to keep performing in the tournaments ahead," she said.

Currently ranked 14th in the world, Sindhu’s upcoming challenges include the Japan Open, that starts on September 8th, followed by the Korea Open which begins on the 13th of September in Seoul.

In the 2015 season, the shuttler has reached the semifinal stage of a tournament just once while the quarterfinal stage of a tournament on two occasions. Sindhu also suffered an opening round loss at the Indonesia open and was also knocked out in the second round of the Chinese Taipei Open in July.

She would be hoping to improve her performances in order to stake a claim for a place at the Olympics next year. The deadline for the qualification is May 1st 2016 and the based on the revised rankings that release on May 5th 2016, the top 16 shuttlers will progress through the marquee event.

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