Hendri Saputra - The new temporary coach of PV Sindhu

Hendri Saputra may also be given a full-time position if everything goes according to plan.

PV Sindhu at the Commonwealth Games 2022 (Image Credits - Birmingham 2022)
By Pushkar Pandey | Apr 10, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

After parting ways with South Korean Park Tae Sang, PV Sindhu has temporarily partnered with renowned Indonesian coach Hendri Saputra. According to reports, Sindhu and her Indian coach Vidhi Chowdhary will depart for Jakarta in the next couple of days. Besides Vidhi, Eva Baddam, Sindhu’s physiotherapist from abroad, will be with her. Till April 22, the two-time Olympic medalist will train with Hendry. Hendri Saputra may also be given a full-time position if everything goes according to plan.

Between 2014 and 2021, Hendry served as the Indonesian national badminton team’s head coach. Jonathan Christie, who won gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Anthony Sinsuka Ginting, who won bronze at the Olympics in Tokyo, and a few other male shuttlers have all trained under him. Sindhu and Park Tae Sang worked well together; under his leadership, she won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Sindhu so far in 2023

Since winning a gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, PV Sindhu has been having some trouble. She suffered an injury that prevented her from playing for the entire 2022 season (after the CWG). Sindhu participated in the Malaysian Masters (BWF 1000) to kick off the 2023 season after her rehabilitation went well. The 27-year-old suffered defeats in the prestigious All England Badminton Championships opening rounds, the Indian Open, and the Malaysian Masters.

Further, into the European leg, Sindhu advanced to the Swiss Open’s pre-quarterfinals and came in second at the Madrid Spain Masters. Her appearance in the final (first in 2023) helped her end the European tour on a high note. As of now, Sindhu is India’s only hope in the women’s singles division for the upcoming Olympic qualification cycle, which will begin in April. The Asian Badminton Championships will take place in April, followed by the Sudirman Cup in May, and then (after a month’s break) the BWF Tour (Asian leg).

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Who is Hendri Kurniawan?

Born in Singapore on May 12, 1981, Hendri Saputra is a former badminton player from Indonesia. After joining the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) in 2000. Saputra and his brother Hendra Wijaya were both granted Singaporean citizenship five years later. At the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand, he and his brother, who was also his partner, Hendra Wijaya, won a silver medal in the men’s doubles and a bronze in the mixed doubles.

By finishing thirteenth and receiving an entry as one of the top 15 seeded teams from the Badminton World Federation ranking list, Hendri Saputra also qualified for the mixed doubles at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Saputra, who was paired with Li Yujia for the second time, was defeated by Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl, the European champion Danish pair, in the preliminary round match by scores of 12-21 and 14-21.

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