PV Sindhu rules out for a 'few weeks' as she diagnoses with left knee niggle
Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu has been advised rest for a few weeks as scans have revealed a minor injury to her left knee.
Last week, the 28-year-old Hyderabad player had to withdraw after winning the opening game 21-18 against Thailand's Supanida Katethong due to a knee injury at the French Open Super 750 event in Rennes. In the second game, the score was tied 1-1. It was then PV Sindhu decided to give a walkover. Sindhu had stretched her left knee beyond the limit while returning a drop shot from Katethong in the second game.
After her rare mid-game withdrawal, PV Sindhu took to social media to explain why she needed to take prolonged timeouts, which also resulted in a warning from the chair umpire.
PV Sindhu said in a social media post on Tuesday, "After returning from and undergoing a knee scan, we've found a niggle in my left knee. In hindsight, conceding the match was the best call. The break is also an opportunity to focus on the upcoming Olympics."
The injury meant PV Sindhu has to give this week's Hylo Open Super 300 in Germany a miss, while uncertainty looms large at her participation at the Korea Masters and Japan Masters as doctors have suggested her a few weeks of rest.
PV Sindhu, who has been struggling with poor form in the current season, returned to the top 10 last Tuesday after a gap of six months by climbing two places in the world rankings by reaching the semi-finals in two consecutive tournaments, Arctic Open and Denmark Open. Sindhu had slipped to 17th place in the world rankings in August.