Timing of new service law could have been better: Sindhu


NEW DELHI: Olympic and World Championship silver medallist PV Sindhu feels the experimental service law in badminton could have come at a better time.
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According to the new rule, “the whole of the shuttle shall be below 1.15 metres from the surface of the court at the instant of being hit by the server’s racket”.
The law will be tested at next year’s All England Open Championships.
“From my side it’s just that it could have come at a better time. A different tournament instead of the All England Championships because it is a very prestigious tournament for everybody,” Sindhu said on Tuesday when asked about the service experiment.
“As far as my service goes I am trying but it should not be much of problem. We just need to practice it out,” she said.
Asked about the cramped international calendar, which has been slammed by top players like Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin, Sindhu said there is no point talking about it.
“The calender has already come out so we cannot say we won’t play. Of course it’s a very tough schedule with World Championship, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. I am going to pick and choose tournaments and plan with the coach accordingly.”
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) had earlier received a lot of flak after it made it mandatory for top shuttlers to play at least 12 tournaments in a revamped schedule for 2018.