Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu will not participate in the Japan Open Super Series and will also skip the Korea Open Super Series, scheduled to begin on 27 September, according to a report in The Times of India.
Sindhu, who has been felicitated by various sporting and political bodies ever since she returned from Rio de Janeiro with a silver medal, will return to competitive action with the Denmark Open Super Series Premier, scheduled to begin on 18 October at Odense.
However, Sindhu, India's first female athlete to win a silver medal at the Olympic Games, isn't skipping the two tournaments due to injury concerns. Coach Pullela Gopichand confirmed as much while talking about Sindhu's withdrawal.
Gopichand said, "She will be back for the Denmark Open. She will also compete in the French Open next month.We had to make some changes in her schedule."
Sindhu scripted history in August this year, after becoming the first Indian woman to reach the finals of the women's singles competition. In the final, she lost against Spaniard Carolina Marin and became country's only shuttler to win a silver at the Olympics.
The 21-year-old also has two bronze medals to her name at the World Championships and Grand Prix Gold events. However, Sindhu has not yet won a Super Series title. She had aimed to do so after claiming the Olympic medal.
Sindhu's lack of match practice was cited as the main reason for the withdrawal. With functions and felicitations taking up a lot of her time, her preparation for competitive action has been less than ideal, although she has returned to the courts at Gopichand's academy in Hyderabad. She will, however, take part in the China Open Premier and Hong Kong Super Series, both scheduled for November.
Kidambi Srikanth, quarter-finalist at the Olympics, Ajay Jayaram, Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy will lead the line for India in Sindhu's absence.
Published Date: Sep 15, 2016 01:50 pm | Updated Date: Sep 15, 2016 01:50 pm