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PV Sindhu looks to bounce back after missing Uber Cup due to injury

PV Sindhu aims to bounce back after she had to opt out of the Uber Cup badminton tournament due to an ankle sprain.

other sports Updated: May 31, 2018 11:31 IST
Sandip Sikdar
Sandip Sikdar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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PV Sindhu, who won two medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, was forced out of the Uber Cup due to injury.(PTI)

She may not have been at her best during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, but Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu is getting ready for tougher contests ahead.

An ankle sprain forced the 22-year-old to skip the mixed team event Down Under where India won gold. She had to settle for a silver medal too in the individual event after losing the women’s singles final to Saina Nehwal.

This was another of many losses in summit clashes for the three-time World Championships medallist but Sindhu seems unperturbed.

“My performance at the Commonwealth Games was good enough. You keep winning and losing, you keep learning and keep coming back stronger. It is good that in Commonwealth Games we did well in the team event, winning the gold for the first time which is a very big thing,” Sindhu said.

“Apart from that in individual events, the silver medal was good. At the end of the day, one player has to win and another has to lose. But overall it has been good.”

The year 2018 is a gruelling one for Indian badminton players with Commonwealth Games, Thomas Cup, Uber Cup, Asian Games and World Championships listed in the calendar along with several other important events.

Though she skipped the Uber Cup to rest, the Hyderabadi is now fit and raring to go.

“The (ankle) injury is fine now. I need to strengthen it more. Injuries are a part of life, they keep coming and going. You need to keep yourself fit,” said Sindhu.

Though she has come close, the No.1 rank has eluded Sindhu whose best position has been a world No.2. But having achieved so much, do rankings really matter now?

“Rankings do not matter because if you do well and win tournaments, it will go up. So you shouldn’t think about it that much. Rather you just have to focus on your matches and tournaments and keep going,” concluded the world No.3 shuttler.

First Published: May 30, 2018 23:13 IST