Sindhus China Open triumph is great achievement: Prakash

first_imgMumbai, Nov 29 (PTI) Describing P V Sindhus triumph in the China Open Super Series Premier womens singles recently as a “great achievement”, badminton legend Prakash Padukone expressed the hope that the lanky Hyderabad girl will continue to make waves next year also.”Its her first Super Series title and its definitely a great achievement because after you had done so well, expectations are high and to win the Super Series title coming from there – so close to the (Rio) Olympics (where Sindhu won the silver medal) – is a great achievement. I hope she continues doing well in the coming year as well,” said Prakash here today.The 21-year-old Sindhu became the third Indian, after fellow Hyderabadi Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth, to win the China Open singles crown.Sindhu had lost to Spains world champion Carolina Marin in the Rio Olympic Games final after winning the first game and Prakash felt perhaps she was overcome by pressure which he felt was quite normal as it was her first Olympic Games.”No one expected her to be in the final. It was probably the pressure which she was unable to handle. In badminton the Olympic Games are the most important as they come once in four years. They are the ultimate. Its normal,” he said.”There are sports psychologists available. They are the best people to suggest what can be done. Or if its normal (kind of pressure) some kind of meditation, yoga and breathing exercise will do the trick,” said the 1980 All England mens singles champion.advertisementAsked about Saina Nehwal, whose 2012 London Games bronze medal winning show was a path breaker for Indian womens badminton, Prakash was confident that the 26-year-old former world number one will be back to where she was before the leg injury during the Rio Games upset her plans.”She will come back, its just a matter of time. She is not playing in Dubai (Super Series finals). She will get a break. By early 2017, its possible for her to be back to where she was before her injury.” (More) PTI SSR RSY PDS PDSlast_img read more

Marin with the answer

first_imgMarin scored the winner in the third minute of second half stoppage time to give Olympiacos a 2-1 comeback victory over Asteras Tripolis at the Karaiskakis Stadium. The visitors opened the scoring with Mazza’s penalty in the 26th minute and a TREMENDOUS goal from Fortounis brought Olympiacos level on 54 minutes. The win keeps Olympiacos in control of first place in the standings.Olympiacos began their pressure early on creating multiple opportunities in Asteras’ half in the opening 15 minutes of play. However, it was Asteras Tripolis who took the surprising lead in the 26th minute, when Leali was called for a foul on Mazza in the penalty area, resulting in a spot kick for the visitors. From 11-meters, Mazza made no mistake to give Asteras the 0-1 lead, which stood until halftime. If the Arkades had more composure in front of goal, they could have taken a larger lead into the break.In the opening minutes of the second half, both Cardozo and Viana failed to convert with close ranged headers before Fortounis’ ROCKET from well outside the penalty area brought Olympiacos level on the night. Marko Marin, who has been left out of the roster for many games this season, was subbed on later in the half as Olympiacos pressed on for the winner. In the final ten minutes, Olympiacos pinned Asteras in their penalty area with Donnarumma coming up with big saves to keep the score at 1-1. However, in the third minute of stoppage time, Olympiacos found the breakthrough when Marin brilliantly found de la Bella unmarked in the penalty area and the Spaniard’s shot was well-saved by Donnarumma; the ball then fell to Marin whose rebounded effort found the back of the net, completing the late comeback victory for the Erythrolefki.Marin’s late goal keeps Olympiacos well on track for this year’s Superleague title with yet another comeback victory at the Karaiskaki Stadium. Olympiacos is now 9-points clear of second placed Xanthi and 12-points ahead of third placed Panathinaikos, who play tomorrow against Platanias. Asteras Tripolis are only four points clear of the drop zone, level with Levadiakos on 12 points. This weekend Olympiacos will travel to second placed Xanthi (unbeaten in 11 games) in an anticipated match while Asteras host AEK in Tripoli.Source: (Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more