New Delhi: Seeing his protege Saina Nehwal depart early from India Open, national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand was expectedly sad but that feeling was more or less neutralized when he witnessed the gritty performances of young players such as PV Sindhu.
"We have had a whole lot of players emerging from this tournament. I am a little disappointed with Saina losing early but looking at the entire lot, it is very encouraging. I am very happy," Gopichand said.
"HS Prannoy, Anand Pawar, PV Sindhu doing well shows that we have a lot of depth and a lot of talent coming into the senior rank," he added.
India Open witnessed the likes of Sindhu, Prannoy and Pawar doing well against some of the top-ranked players from the world here at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
Talking about Sindhu's impressive show in the competition, where she lost to World No. 6 Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the semi-finals, Gopichand said the 17-year-old will take a lot of positives from here.
"(Her performance has been) very, very good. How she has performed here has been very encouraging... It's good to see. And also at the Asia badminton championship (last week in Taipei) before this. She will take some more time but each of these victories will help her build confidence," said Gopichand.
Prannoy had caused one of the biggest upsets of the tournament by beating former world No. 1 Taufik Hidayat in straight games to enter the quarterfinals of the men's singles event before he lost to current world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.


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