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PBL 2018 | Olympics final was a great moment for me, says PV Sindhu

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PBL 2018 | Olympics final was a great moment for me, says PV Sindhu

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PV Sindhu has mentioned that the 2016 Rio Olympics final was one of the greatest moments for her career even though she lost and could manage only a silver medal there. She has also stated that the BWF World Tour Finals win will give a lot of confidence to her for the matches in 2019.

After winning the BWF World Tour finals in China last week, PV Sindhu is now busy with the Premier Badminton League playing for Hyderabad Hunters. She is ranked third in world badminton at the moment and is all set to do well in the league which started a few days earlier in India. On the sidelines of the league, the Indian shuttler talked about her performance at the Olympics in 2016 where she lost the final against Carolina Marin in Rio and settled with a silver. 

“Every tournament I have won has been memorable. You can’t compare one tournament with another. I would say Olympics is one of the great moments even though I lost in the final. Getting a silver is definitely a very proud moment for me. I have played a lot of finals and lost them. If I have to pick one, I would say the World Championships last year where I played (Nozomi) Okuhara and lost 22-20 after a very long match. I felt very bad. It could’ve been anybody’s game. Luck didn’t favour me then,” Sindhu told TOI. 

The 23-year-old from Hyderabad played four finals in 2018 including the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games but she had a lot of trouble in winning those before clinching the BWF World Tour final trophy by beating Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-17. She said that the win coming at the end of the calendar year was very special for her.

“This year I have played four finals and lost. But I won the Tour Final. I am very happy about it. That it came at the year-end made it more special. This also gives me a lot of confidence for the year ahead. Nobody will now be able to ask me: silver again? I never felt bad. It’s a thin line. You win some and lose some. It’s all part of the game. You have to take it in a very positive way,” Sindhu stated. 

When asked about what went wrong in the finals, Sindhu replied, “Luck sometimes, yeah. But I can’t depend on it all the time. But usually after matches I definitely go back, rectify my mistakes and come back stronger. Definitely, there will be some mistakes. So it’s good to go back and discuss with your coach and not repeat those mistakes again.”

The girl from Telangana is now playing PBL for the franchise from his home city Hyderabad Hunters who were the champions in the previous edition of the tournament as well. Sindhu represented Chennai Smashers last year in the PBL. 

“It’s like playing for the home team. As a team, it’s a very different. The environment is totally different. Playing for Hyderabad Hunters is a very good feeling. Marin being last year’s champion with Hyderabad Hunters talked about the about Hunters Army. It’s been fantastic and the support we get is really good,” explained Sindhu. 

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