The parents of PV Sindhu, who on Friday became the first Indian woman singles player to ensure a medal at the ongoing World Badminton Championships, attributed their daughter's success to hard work and determination.
"We are very happy to see her perform so well. She has reached this level due to her hard work and sheer determination. Her routine of reaching academy for practice at 4 am is delivering wonderful results for her," Sindhu's father PV Ramana said in Hyderabad.
Playing in her maiden World Championships, World no 12 Sindhu on Friday recorded a stunning victory over local favourite Shixian Wang of China 21-18 21-17 to enter the semifinals.
Sindhu's parents were at her academy to watch their daughter take on a tough Chinese opponent.
"We are very happy. It is very exciting. We are celebrating the medal," Ramana said.
"We are at the (Pullela Gopichand Badminton) Academy and all the children here are celebrating the moment," he added.
Applauding national coach Gopichand, Ramana said the All England Badminton Champion's dedication is behind Sindhu's success.
"With Chief National Coach Gopichand mentoring Sindhu, a bright future is assured for her," he said.
Meanwhile, accolades have been pouring in for the 18-year-old shuttler's stupendous show.
Former international player Uday Pawar said, "It is a very good news. She is young, very talented and is playing fearless badminton. Beating two Chinese players in a row is creditable. Hopefully, she not only goes on to reach the finals but also to win the title."
Pawar pointed out that Sindhu was able to adapt to the conditions better than her compatriots in the ongoing championships and will now have to maintain her speed to go right through.
"After her win against the second seed (defending champion Yihan Wang of China in the pre-quarterfinals) yesterday, it was obvious that she is playing very good badminton. She has been able to adapt to the conditions much better than other Indian players have."
"To beat two Chinese players takes a lot on the mind and the body. Only concern is how good her physical condition is. At this stage she needs to maintain the same kind of speed that she has been playing at. She has an aggressive style of play and that requires her to be at her best physically," Pawar said.
Meanwhile, former national coach U Vimal Kumar said in-form Sindhu has a decent chance of making it to the final of the event.
"It is going to be a tough match for Sindhu if she is plays Ratchanok Intanon in the semifinal. She has never beaten the Thai girl. Ratchanok has a deceptive game and is a tricky customer. It is going to be a 50-50 match considering her performance in this event," Kumar said.
"If she remains focused as she had done in earlier matches, I think she can go even further," he said.
On comparisons between Sindhu and Saina, Vimal said the senior pro has achieved far more than the youngster.
"Sindhu is slowly getting there. But if she is consistent, she can be counted in league with Saina. This performance will definitely catapult Sindhu into the top 10 rankings and hence things looks rosy for her," he said.
On Saina Nehwal crashing out of the tournament, Vimal said that injury problems and pressure has taken away her focus from badminton.
"I get the impression that Saina is mentally taxed at the moment, but I may be wrong," he said.
"At this moment Saina is going through such kind of pressure and hope she will, in future, find a right balance. I am sure she will as she is still young and will get back into her elements," he added.