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After Saina, now Sindhu too votes for 21-point format to stay on

PTI

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) should probably listen in. After Saina Nehwal, yet another top 10 player, PV Sindhu, has joined the chorus, requesting the world body to continue with the existing 21 point format. A best of five games race to 11 points has been on the BWF's mind for a while now, largely keeping television audience in mind.

Explicitly stating that she prefers the existing points system Sindhu said, "I feel the 21 points format is much better since in 11 points system there's just no time to strategize at all. By the time you think, the point is over," she said.

Sindhu has had an incredible run at the ongoing Premier Badminton League (PBL) so far, her attacking style of play fitting the truncated 11-point format to the T. Reflecting on her Tuesday's match against world No 3 Sung Ji Hyun, the Rio Olympics silver medalist added, "Every point was tough. There were long rallies and even she was hanging in. In the second game she came back to make it 10-10. I've played her so many times before but this was a great match and a great win."

The Olympics has seen Sindhu metamorphose from an unobtrusive on-court player to someone who doesn't shy away from celebrating every point won with the shrillest of screams. With success of great proportions, comes responsibility of equal measure, concedes Sindhu.

"From the Olympics I've turned into an aggressive player. Also I'm a lot more consistent now than I was earlier. The medal has brought with it a lot of confidence. The responsibility to maintain the tempo is high now," she says.

Picking her words carefully when faced with a query on Saina Nehwal giving the match against her on Wednesday a miss, Sindhu proffered a 'prepared for every match as a team' reply. Saina, who underwent a knee surgery in August last year had said that she needed time to rest and recover for the latter stages of the PBL and the Malaysia Open next week.

Giggling at the suggestion of a possible morbid fear she instills in opponents who find it tough to measure up to her she says, "I really can't say it," over a chuckle, "You should ask people who face me."