Reigning BWF World Champion PV Sindhu has stated that her most recent gold medal in Switzerland would be taking care of all her previous final losses that had put her in a spot of bother. Sindhu also revealed that she has kept a separate space in her cabinet for the Olympic gold medal.
With defeats in summit clashes at the Rio Olympics, the World Championships of 2017, 2018, the 2017 Dubai Super Series, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and then the Jakarta Asian Games, Sindhu has come closer to gain immortality more times than any of her contemporaries. And the fact that she couldn’t achieve them had made her suffer for years.
However, she wiped off all those ghosts with a dominant 21-7, 21-7 win against old nemesis Nozomi Okuhara in Basel last month and the 24-year-old could finally say that things have come full circle. "It (World Championships gold) takes care of all those losses. People have been talking about my final phobia, how I take pressure in the finals and I can say I gave the answer with my racquet," said Sindhu, reported PTI.
However, Sindhu has been quite cognizant of how different an Olympic medal would be from the World Championships one, revealing that she has kept a space open for the gold from there.
"But Olympics is a completely different feeling. Rio (Games) and World Championship gave me different memories, but, yeah, one gold medal is missing, so definitely I will work hard for that and would love to see myself win that Olympic gold at Tokyo. There is a vacant space (laughs) in my cabinet for that gold. The Olympic qualification is on and this win will give me the confidence to go further," she added.
The World Championships saw Sindhu bringing a whole different approach to her game that just shocked the likes of Chen Yufei and Okuhara. Sindhu would be seeing her opponents getting ready likewise in the Olympics and she revealed that she would be changing her style of play.
"(Rio) 2016 was my first Olympics and nobody knew me much. I was just one of the players but after Rio, everything changed and now after the world championship, everybody will try and learn new things. I should also learn new things in each tournament, because people will have some kind of strategy for me," she said.
"I have been working with Kim. She had some changes for me and it helped me. But now I have to learn few new things. I need to work on net-play," she added.
India have seen only two singles shuttlers on international tournaments for some years now with many questioning the lack of talent in the domestic pool. Sindhu agreed that it would take time for the country to come up with more talents.
“Well, after me and Saina, there is a little bit of gap. There are some junior players but it will take time. It is not going to be easy. A lot of players from other countries are doing well at the junior level whether it is Korea, Thailand or China. So I think it will take a few years till we have some players coming up. But they need to work hard. They have to be smart and be strong themselves about what they want," she concluded.