India’s ace badminton player P.V.Sindhu who is in Tokyo for the Olympic games will miss the spectators when she takes on Israel’s Ksenia Polikarpova on Sunday as most of the seats of the stadium that can accommodate 7,200 people will be empty.
Sindhu stated ”I’m going to miss the spectators, the crowd. The way the crowd motivates the players is fantastic.” She however said that she was getting used to it as she played a couple of tournaments without a crowd.
Sindhu won the silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics after she was beaten by Spain’s Carolina Marin. Carolina withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics after she tore her anterior cruciate ligament.
Sindhu is ranked world no 7 by the Badminton World Federation and will be facing Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-Ying, China’s Chen Yu Fei and Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi. She has been training hard and is using different techniques and flexibility exercises because of her height.
India’s hopes are on Sindhu’ s shoulders as Saina Nehwal who won a bronze the 2012 London Games, failed to break into the top 16.