Good Sports: WORLD CHAMPION SHUTTLER
P. V. Sindhu recently became the first Indian to win a gold medal at the BWF World Championships when she defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in the final in Basel, Switzerland.
India’s most decorated badminton player had previously won two silver medals and two bronze at the World Championships. She lost to Okuhara in the 2017 final and to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the 2018 final.
“The past results didn’t even come to my mind,” Sindhu told India Today. “I just thought: ‘Okay, Sindhu, it doesn’t matter. Losing or winning is secondary.’ I was very focused. I was prepared for each point.”
A silver medalist at the Rio Olympics in 2016, Sindhu hopes to win gold in Tokyo next year. But unlike in Rio when she was seeded ninth, she will have a bigger target on her back this time. “It’s very important to be ready and work hard because everybody is gonna mark since I’ve been a world champion,” she said.
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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