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When PV Sindhu visited Jwala Gutta Academy of Excellence

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PV Sindhu at Jwala Gutta Academy
Image Source: Twitter | Jwala Gutta Academy of Excellence

The golden girl of Indian Badminton, reigning World Champion PV Sindhu recently trained at the Jwala Gutta Academy of Excellence in the outskirts of Hyderabad.

The academy is founded by one of India’s finest doubles players, two-time Olympian Jwala Gutta. PV Sindhu and Jwala are close friends. This was the first time the singles stalwart visited the centre.  Jwala Gutta Academy of Excellence was launched on in Nov 2020. It has 14 international standard badminton courts has a seating capacity for 600 spectators, international standard gym and a yoga centre to serve as a one-stop destination for the young and aspiring athletes.

Jwala Gutta, put up a sweet post on Twitter when her World Champion friend visited her newly built international standard sports facility and academy.

“As Sindhu was away in the UK, where she trained for three months before flying straight to the two Thailand events in January, couldn’t attend the inauguration of Jwala’s Academy,” an official told Sportstar.

Sindhu got a feel of the facilities by training from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon. She went to the extent of stating that it is always better for players to train at different international standard venues in view of the extensive travelling they have to do for the BWF events in different conditions,” he added. Sindhu trained on 10 February at Jwala’s academy.

The Academy has “blowers” which cause “drift“,  which is usually present in arenas where tournaments are held. It is an important factor for international athletes to manage drift, and this academy is one of the few places that give such experience to players.

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Sindhu is part of the 2021 Olympic probable camp and has been training at the  SAI-Gopichand Academy in Gachibowli since her return from Thailand.

Since her win at Basel at the 2019 World Championships, Sindhu has had a rough time on the court. Her performance has seen a dip. Earlier, in October 2020, she moved to the UK to work with Gatorade Institute for her nutritional needs. She skipped the European leg and returned to competition in 2021 with the Asian Leg.

In the Yonex Thailand Open, she suffered a shock defeat in the first round at the hands of Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark. In the Toyota Thailand Open, she made it to the quarterfinals where she went down fighting to Ratchanok Intanon. She qualified for the BWF World Tour Finals and was grouped with Tai Tzu Ying, Ratchanok Intanon and Pornpawee Chochuwong. She failed to make it to the semifinals and secured her only win of the group stage on the last day of group stage beating Pornpawee Chochuwong.

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