Good Sports: MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
India’s P.V. Sindhu, who won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics last August and her first Super Series title in November, was honored with the Most Improved Player Award at the recent Badminton World Federation’s Players’ Reception and Gala Dinner in Dubai.
“I didn’t expect to get this award, so I’m excited and happy,” Sindhu said.
Sindhu was in the city to participate in the Dubai World Super Series Final for the first time. The top eight players in the world qualified for the tournament, and Sindhu solidified her status as the “most improved player” by reaching the semi-finals.
Her two victories in Dubai included a 21- 17, 21-13 triumph over Spain’s Carolina Marin, the former World No. 1 player who had defeated Sindhu in the Olympic final in Rio. Sindhu’s performance moved her up from No. 7 to No. 6 in the world, four spots higher than compatriot and former World No. 1 player Saina Nehwal.
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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