It’s a new year, it’s a new season, asserts PV Sindhu

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It’s a new year, it’s a new season, asserts PV Sindhu

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SportsCafe Desk

01/12/2019

A confident PV Sindhu has backed herself to perform well in the upcoming BWF season as she put the struggles of the previous year behind her. The seasoned Indian shuttler won the 2018 World Tour Finals after losing five back-to-back BWF finals while on tour in during the 2018 season.

Indian ace shuttler, PV Sindhu, had a great season last year as she made it to five finals but faced defeat on multiple occasions. Sindhu, who was speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing Pro Badminton League, revealed that the past season was a tumultuous one for her as she recalled her epic 2018 World Tour Finals win against Nozomi Okuhara.

"The World Tour finals win is in the past now. It's a new year, a new season. I don’t think about previous finals.

“I was not satisfied with winning silver in the 2017 World Superseries Finals. This year, I thought I’ve to win. So when I came to the final, I felt that it should be different. I was focused. I was leading against (Nozomi) Okuhara, but I did not become comfortable, did not assume I would win. I knew every point would be crucial. And sure enough, she mounted a comeback. Each point was very difficult and important for both of us,” Sindhu revealed.

At the end of the game, the world number three athlete clinched gold after a 21-19, 21-17 thriller. This was Sindhu’s first final win after 15 months, her last coming against the same opponent at the Korea Open the year before. 

“I was happy that there would be no more criticism saying ‘She was won (only) silver again’,” she adds, the smile slowly creeping back in. Nevertheless, she is quick to dissuade the idea that the critique got to her.

“When you lose, you tend to feel bad or nervous. But I never felt that criticism is bad, or felt like ‘Why are they always criticising me?’ The way I looked at it was, I won a silver. Rather than viewing it as a loss in the final,” she stressed. “It’s a thin line between winning and losing – you have to be strong and take in a positive way. If you rectify the few mistakes made earlier and come back stronger, that’s enough,” Sindhu added.

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