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PV Sindhu on badminton future: ‘It’s not going to be easy any more’

PV Sindhu went down fighting 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in a nail-biting World Badminton Championship summit clash on Sunday that lasted for an hour and 50 minutes

other sports Updated: Aug 29, 2017 15:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
PV Sindhu,World Badminton Championship,Nozomi Okuhara
PV Sindhu is the only Indian badminton player to win both Olympics silver medal and World Badminton Championship silver medal.(AP)

PV Sindhu had a tough final at the World Badminton Championship in which she narrowly missed being on the winner’s side. The world silver medallist acknowledges that the road from here on will only be tougher.

Talking about the World Championships final, the Olympic silver medallist said: “It was tiring mentally and physically. You think you have to get a point (any way) she (Nozomi Okuhara of Japan) was also tired. It was not my day.”

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Asked if a new trend of longer duration matches emerged in badminton, she replied in the affirmative.

“Definitely, it is not going to be easy any more. We have to fight for each point. Anything can happen (in the match),” she said.

Sindhu went down fighting 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in a nail-biting marathon summit clash on Sunday that lasted for an hour and 50 minutes at the Emirates Arena at Glasgow.

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“After the final match, I felt upset but I thought ‘never mind’. I thought it is over now; from next day it was normal,” said Sindhu, who twice won bronze in the 2013 and 2014 editions, said.

“It is one of the best after Rio (Olympics). World Championship is something different. It was bronze earlier. I am happy that I changed the colour to silver,” she added.

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Replying to query, Sindhu said it is great to hear that people looked up to her and many prominent personalities wished her on social media.

Chief National Coach Pullela Gopichand expressed happiness at Sindhu and Saina Nehwal winning medals and men’s players Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth putting up good performances in the World Championships.

Gopichand also hoped Sindhu will continue her good run after winning two big medals at a young age.

“At 22, she has won big medals, hopefully this will continue,” he said.

First Published: Aug 29, 2017 15:57 IST