BASEL (Switzerland) :
PV SINDHU says she felt “angry and sad” after being criticised for not finishing on top in the last two World Championship finals and the gold medal in the just-concluded edition is her answer to all the critics who questioned her. Two-time silver-medallist Sindhu ended an agonising wait for an elusive gold with a maiden World Championship title on Sunday. “This is my answer to the people who have asked me questions over and over. I just wanted to answer with my racket and with this win that’s all,” Sindhu was quoted as saying by the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) official website after her crushing win over Okuhara. “I felt really bad after the first World Championships final and last year I was angry, I was sad.
I went through all my emotions, asking ‘Sindhu, why can’t you get this one match?’ but today came and I told myself to play my game and not worry and it worked out,” she added. The 24-year-old from Hyderabad became the first Indian to achieve the feat by thrashing familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7, 21-7 in one of the most lop-sided finals ever. gold will give Sindhu belief to go all the way at Tokyo: Bindra: BEIJING Olympics champion shooter Abhinav Bindra has lavished praise on PV Sindhu for her historic World Championship gold, saying the “fantastic performance” will give the Indian ace the belief to repeat the feat at 2020 Tokyo Games. “Winning a World championship Gold medal is a fantastic achievement and a great day for Indian Sport.
I am sure this will give @Pvsindhu1 intrinsic belief that she can go all the way at Tokyo. Wish her and her entire team the very best!,” Bindra wrote on his twitter handle. Accolades continued to pour in for Sindhu with India middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari and National chairman of selectors MSK Prasad also congratulating the Hyderabad girl for her historic feat. “Great achievement for Indian sports and I would like to congratulate her on this special day and we as Indians are proud of her,” said Hanuma, who scored 93 in the second innings against the West Indies to play a crucial role in India’s 318-run win in the World Championship campaign opener at Antigua.
“I hope she goes onto achieve many more laurels for the country in future,” Vihari added. Prasad also saluted the efforts of Sindhu and Praneeth and also lavished praise on national chief coach Pullela Gopichand for his contribution. “Many many congratulations to PV Sindhu for winning the World Championship. This is a testimony for her hard work, commitment & Skills. Can’t ask anything better from her. Whole country is proud of her,” he said. Ajay K Singhania, general secretary of BAI, heaped praise on both the shuttler’s efforts. “Sindhu has shown imperious performances as she defeated proven champions on course to her medal,” he said.