Coach Vimal Kumar extends support for PV Sindhu Post Badminton Asia Championship Exit

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Badminton star PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu, an Olympic medalist and a celebrated figure in Indian badminton, faced a setback at the Badminton Asia Championships. She was defeated in the second round by Han Yue. This unexpected exit sparked a wave of criticism and concern among fans and critics alike. However, amidst the storm of critique, Coach Vimal Kumar stood firmly in Sindhu’s corner.

Vimal Kumar’s thoughts on PV Sindhu’s exit

Kumar, who was present for Sindhu’s matches at the Championships, dissected her performance and identified areas of improvement. He noted that Sindhu’s reactions needed significant improvement and there was a sudden lack of confidence. Despite these observations, Kumar expressed his belief in Sindhu’s ability to bounce back.

“She’s a top player and will get both criticism and praise obviously. I don’t know how she deals with it, but that shouldn’t be a worry. What I can say is, sweet talk won’t help at this moment. Sometimes, players need a kick on the backside,” Vimal Kumar said.

Vimal Kumar
Vimal Kumar

Kumar’s support for Sindhu is not just about her current form but also her potential. He believes that Sindhu, being a top player, will face both criticism and praise. He emphasized that sweet talk won’t help at this moment and sometimes, players need a stern assessment from their coaches.

Kumar’s backing comes at a crucial time for Sindhu. After suffering an injury at the Paris Open last October, Sindhu had been struggling to regain her form. She made her comeback after a gap of four months at the Asian Team Championship, where she showed great courage, mental toughness, and skills.

Despite the setback at the Badminton Asia Championships, Sindhu’s journey has been marked by resilience and determination. Her performance at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Malaysia, where Indian women beat favourite Thailand 3-2 in a thrilling final to win their first-ever gold in the tournament, is a testament to her fighting spirit.

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