Happy with silver, but upsetting to lose: PV SindhuAugust 28, 2017
NEW DELHI: On Sunday, almost a year on from claiming the highest honour in the history of Indian badminton (a silver at the Rio Olympics), Indian badminton queen PV Sindhu claimed silver at the World Badminton Championships after narrowly being beaten by Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 19-21, 22-20, 20-22.
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In an epic, gruelling final that clocked 110 minutes, Sindhu lost the first game but came back superbly to claim the second with a scarcely believable 73-shot rally. In the dying stages, however, Rio Olympics bronze medalist Okuhara overtook Sindhu to win gold.
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Sindhu’s silver made it two individual medals for India at the World Championships – a first – with Saina Nehwal taking home bronze. Following her match, Sindhu spoke to the media in Glasgow. Excerpts.
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On how the final ebbed and flowed
It was anybody’s game. Of course, it is upsetting to lose because from the first set each point was really important for both of us, and even though she was leading it was never over from either side. There were very long rallies and even she was not leaving any shuttles. Each point was equally tough, but in the third game when it was 20-20 it was anybody’s game, I felt. I have no words. It’s been really upsetting because anybody would aim for the gold, and that last moment just changed everything. I’m happy with silver, but that feeling is always there.
On her opponent
Well, she was never easy but each time we play against each other, as I said, it’s never easy. This was a tough game with tough rallies going on, and we never left any shuttle from either side. I never took her easy. I was prepared for the match to be really long, but unfortunately I lost. It wasn’t my day.
On the 73-shot rally in the second game
I don’t feel that particular rally was a big rally. Every rally was equally long and there were too many shots from both sides. She was tired, I was tired but still we were falling this side and that. Overall, it was a good match. I just have to say this. It was a good match, but just not my day.
On the physical challenge of such long rallies
I think when it came to the third game, both of us didn’t leave [anything] because it’s a World Championships match. Each point was equally important … it was like 13-12, 13-13, 14-13, 14-14 … so we were both really fighting hard. I always believed in myself, that I could do it. I think from her side she too would have believed in herself. After 20-20 you never know, and it was anybody’s game.
On her career graph since the Rio Olympics
It’s been good overall. A World Championships final, to settle for silver … it’s a good feeling and with this confidence I would go much more forward and learn a lot more and come back much stronger.