Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has stated that no amount of defeats would be enough to make her stop believing in herself. The World No. 3 has also reminded her fans and well-wishers that the Commonwealth Games final defeat to Saina Nehwal doesn’t mean the end of her as she’ll come back stronger.
Sindhu was one of India’s prime medal contenders at CWG Gold Coast, which concluded last week, and also the flag bearer for India in the opening ceremony. And the manner in which she advanced into the final of the Women’s Singles event had convinced everyone even more that she was going to end up with the yellow metal.
Against an already tired and injury-prone Saina Nehwal, who had played the full Mixed team event prior to the singles event, Sindhu was undoubtedly the favorite in the all-India gold medal event on the final day. However, Saina stunned everyone by winning the hard-fought duel 21-18, 23-21 in the final.
The underfire 28-year-old proved a massive point with that win but was quick to state postmatch that young Sindhu still has time to improve her game, unlike her. However, Sindhu has now come up with an open letter for her fans stating that there hasn’t been a drop in her
"One more down but many more to go! As much as I had given my all to this game, I am once again ready to roar for my next fight, to finish and win. This is my journey, the journey of a sportsperson, every feat accomplished is followed by zeroing on the next target.
"No loss is ever enough, neither one nor many, to stop me from believing in myself. Every time I miss a return, every time my shot fails to clear the net and every time I hit it long - I remind myself, it is not done until I am done," Sindhu wrote.
Sindhu earned a silver medal again in CWG, after her feat in Rio in 2016. India returned from CWG finishing in number 3 garnering 66 medals. Playing the national anthem in the background while receiving a medal has been an old ritual and Sindhu reminisced the moment when she had first experienced it.
"Standing at the podium, head bowed to receive my silver Commonwealth medal at the women's singles event, the heart swells with pride; moments of struggle, strife and sweat flash before my eyes. For me, victory only begins to sink when the first beat of National Anthem falls on my ears and then it gets louder, so do the cheers from the crowd, that is when I finally breathe out - mission accomplished, “ she wrote.
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