PV Sindhu is of the opinion that her silver medal-winning performance at the Rio Olympics in August is helping her to deal with failures better and expressed the need to work harder to win medals at big events.
"Olympics has changed something inside me. At the Olympics I played against the seeded players and I realised that they will also feel bad losing against a lower ranked player like me, so sometimes people will get depressed but then they go back and work hard and so I also think in the same way and of course a lot has changed after Olympics," world No 11 Sindhu told PTI news agency.
"It is hard to lose for everybody. When you lose, you keep thinking I could have done things differently but at that moment you can't do anything so it is important to let go," added the 21-year-old.
Sindhu crashed out in the second round of the French Open and the Denmark Open Superseries
"I think it is just the start and it is not over with the Olympic medal. There are many tournaments like Superseries and all England and World Championship and I want to win them," she said.
"Life has changed a lot after the Games and now the responsibility are always high and everybody's eyes will be always on me so I think from now onwards I'll have to work harder
“You know after the Olympics it is really different the way you think and I have got a lot of confidence. The last two tournaments I lost early but overall those were very good matches, I lost them by a few points.”
Sindhu said she felt no pressure owing to growing public expectations
"It is not pressure, I just really enjoy my game. I have to take everything in a positive way, now that everybody will be cheering for me and everybody will be hoping. I should not think that I have to win every match and what others will think, that will create extra pressure, I just have to give best
Sindhu was retained by Chennai Smashers for Rs 39 lakh in the Premier Badminton League player auction held on Wednesday while Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain was the costliest at Rs 61.5 lakh, bought by Hyderabad Hunters.
"I was not really surprised or disappointed (at going for only Rs 39 lakh) because I was really excited that Chennai will retain me. I was more interested to see how each team bid and who will go in which team,” Sindhu said.
“This time, lot of Olympic medalist are playing and it will be a successful PBL this time. It will be very exciting. with so many international players coming here and playing, it will be real fun.
"Our team is stronger than last year. Our men's singles