After her valiant fight to win a coveted gold for India ended at the Rio Olympics, PV Sindhu said on Friday that she was happy to win the silver medal in the women’s singles badminton event.
“I’m really proud about it. I’m really happy. I could not win the gold. But I really worked hard. It was anybody’s game," Sindhu said after losing her final clash 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 against two-time World Championship winner Carolina Marin in Rio de Janeiro.
“A day before a girl has got a bronze, it’s me now. We have all played well. There will be ups and downs in sport like in life. Losing one or two points. I would like to congratulate everyone. It’s been a great week for me.”
Sindhu, the two-time World Championship bronze medallist, became the first Indian woman to clinch a silver at the Olympics and the fifth woman player from India to win a medal in the sporting extravaganza.
The 21-year-old from Hyderabad said bright days were ahead for Indian badminton.
“Future is good, definitely. There are many players coming up, and many more will succeed. Badminton is doing really well in India,” she said.
Talking about the final, Sindhu said: “In today’s match both players were attacking and playing aggressive on court. One has to win and one has to lose. It was her (Marin's) day on centre court today.”
“I also congratulate Carolina. It’s been a wonderful week for me. It’s anybody’s aim to win a medal at the Olympics.”
Sindhu’s father, PV Ramana, too gave full marks to Marin.
“However, we assure you under the guidance of her coach (P Gopichand) in the coming years, Sindhu will definitely perform well and keep the hopes of the all the Indians high,” Ramana said after watching the match at Gopichand’s academy in Hyderabad.
“We thank all the staff, especially the coach, for giving us a silver medal...The way she (Marin) moved in the court was excellent.
“This is what Sindhu has to learn. How to shout and scream against the opponent...The coaches are there. They have noted down the points. I have no doubt that Sindhu will also act like Marin in the coming years,” he said.
(with PTI inputs)