PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are compatriots and also fierce rivals. Now, after nine months of separation, the two will be training together at the same academy - SAI Gopichand Academy.
In June last year, Sindhu had decided to train separately and Pullela Gopichand had obliged. In June 2018, Sindhu started her training with the chief coach at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy while Saina and other senior shuttlers like Kidambi Srikanth practised at the nearby SAI Gopichand Academy.
But an inconsistent 2018 and a first round exit at this year's All England have probably forced Sindhu to take this step.
"Yes, I started training at SAI Academy. With the new coaches we have, I'm sure it'll help my game," Sindhu told Times of India.
New Korean coach Park Tae Sang joined the Indian camp recently. Women's singles coach Kim Ji Hyun, also from Korea, will arrive in a couple of days. Doubles coach Flandy Limpele from Indonesia has also joined the academy.
Speaking about her first round loss against Ji Hyun Sung at the All England, an understandably upset Sindhu was confident of a strong comeback.
"Obviously the loss was disappointing. I played well in that game but made some mistakes. But I have come out of that and will focus on the next few important tournaments this year. I am confident of doing well this year," the country's best-ranked shuttler said.