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Gopichand reveals what Sindhu did differently to end her final losing streak

One of the major reasons that Indian badminton has achieved so much is Pullela Gopichand, who has coached several players reach the top.

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One of the major reasons that Indian badminton has achieved so much is Pullela Gopichand, who has coached several players reach the top.

The likes of India's top shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal, and PV Sindhu have made him and the country proud in the last few years with their achievements with the racket. 

The best of the lot, undoubtedly, has been Hyderabad's Sindhu who became the first Indian shuttler to win the silver medal at the Rio Olympics 2016 in the singles category. However, ever since her loss in Rio to Carolina Marin in the gold medal match, Sindhu had unfortunately failed to win any major title and had settled for several silver medals.

However, earlier this month the final jinx finally broke and the All England Open Champion, Gopichand, was on the courtside when his pupil Sindhu became the first-ever Indian to clinch the singles title at the BWF World Tour Final.

When a media organisation asked what differently did Sindhu do to finally win a major final, Gopichand said, "She was, of course, moving very well on the court. But one primary thing was that she was more relaxed. The way she played her matches through the first few rounds also ensured that she was a lot more confident and that showed in the entire final match against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.

Gopichand went on to add that players who can withstand pressure on this level and move on, irrespective of the result of the match.

"There was lot of talk (in media) that the jinx thing has been cracked but I don’t think that was the case. Each tournament she played, she lost either because the opponent played better or she kind of got tired in the matches before reaching the final. I don’t think about things like a jinx, that would be unfair to her. But yes to the outside world if you lose 5-6 finals it may look like a jinx, but not from my side," he said about Sindhu and her fina jinx.

 

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