PV Sindhu is our prototype for the famous English saying- ‘The Only thing that overcomes hard luck is Hard Work’. When the Indian shuttle star met Juliane Schanek an year back at the Indonesian open, she was defeated in a convincible manner by the German in straight sets. When PV Sindhu faced away Juliane Schanek, this time in Indian Badminton League, she made the German sweat for every point, frustrated her and became superior of the two. Coming from a family where sports blood runs through the body, she started playing the game from the age of 8. ‘Winning junior titles in India, moving ahead to much bigger tournaments, winning the sub-junior world championship medal, putting up a decent show in Junior World Championships, Winning a grandprix gold and finally making it to the podium and becoming only the second person from India to win a world championship medal at the Individual category’ – too much to achieve for a teenager, isn’t it? Defeating the Olympic gold medalist, Li Xuerui of China in the Li Ning China Masters tournament she alarmed the world that a new champion is in making and her ranking climbed up the ladder. Entering into the World Championships after recovering from injury and getting herself placed in a tough draw she had to do miracles to bite a metal at the end. Wang Yihan, the defending champion went down against Sindhu. PV Sindhu’s body language looked confident and people started believing that we have one more contender for winning a medal (Saina Nehwal being the first one). The former world number 01 and the seventh seeded, Wang Shixian was the next scape goat for the prowling tigress. However the excellent run ended when she was defeated by Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, who went on to become the champion of the world. A marvelous wave of appreciation from the celebrities met the young woman and the fan base got amplified for the ‘Never Say Die’ attitude of her. PV Sindhu was bought by Sahara’s Awadhe Warriors for the Inaugural edition of the Indian Badminton League as an icon player. Having mostly the young guns in the arsenal, she was added with an extra responsibility of leading a side. Initially, she flattered (lost in two matches), and rose up like a phoenix. After cracking the ‘Big Wang Theory’ in China, she made a mark to send a message, this time to Europe. Tine Baun’s shoulders were down even in the first game of her match vs. Sindhu suggesting the toughness and the pressure sindhu provided to her opponents in the court.
Indian Badminton League[/caption] When Juliane Schanek, the top class German represented her ‘Pune Pistons’ side in the WS event vs. PV Sindhu on Monday, everyone knew it is going to be the match to watch out for. Trailing by few points at the start, she scored five consecutive points and battled it out with Schanek until she won the close game. Juliane Schanek is not a person who gives up : Forced to save the second game to stay in the match, she controlled the way the match progressed and had a invincible 16-9 lead over Sindhu. The crowd cheered Sindhu and she responded with a fight back. Smash. Opponent returns? Smash. Opponent returns? Smash. Win the point. PV Sindhu was levelled 20-20. An exciting rally, a half smash and a wild scream – I enjoyed it. PV Sindhu’s level of judging line calls is amazing; she gets it right four out of five times. Good height, unimaginable determination and her stamina adds much more to the technique. Badminton as a sport has been promising in the recent past, Thanks to the likes of P Gopichand who according to me is the god father of present badminton generation and his student PV Sindhu promises to come out with flying colours.