I was prepared for everything: Sindhu

I was prepared for everything: Sindhu
Pusarla V. Sindhu being congratulated by BAI President, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Sunday.
Basel (Switzerland), Aug 25 (IANS) | Publish Date: 8/25/2019 12:15:05 PM IST

Newly crowned world champion P.V. Sindhu said on Sunday that she treated the final just like her semifinal or quarterfinal contests and that she was “prepared for everything.”

Sindhu trounced former world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7, 21-7 in just 36 minutes to become the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships crown. 

“I just played the way I played my last two matches. I was really prepared for everything. Playing with the Japanese girls, it’s always going to be really long rallies and I was prepared for it,” the 24-year-old told reporters after the match here. 

“Since the start of the match, I was dominating. It was very important for me to remain alert because of the long rallies that (Okuhara) tends to play. I had to be prepared for everything, whether attack or defence. Every point mattered and I could not give away any easy ones,” she said. 

The last time Sindhu and Okuhara met in a World Championships final was in 2017. In a pulsating encounter that lasted nearly two hours and involved a 73-shot rally, Okuhara emerged victorious in the end. Sindhu again reached the final in 2018, only to go down to Carolina Marín of Spain. 

“I was feeling upset whenever I gave an easy point, like a mid-court smash into the net, even though her score was really low. I was just thinking that no matter what the lead may be, I just have to finish it off,” Sindhu revealed. 

Sindhu also said that the absence of defending champion Carolina Marin did not make much of a difference to her run. “The top 1-15 players are of the same standard. It’s all about who gives their best on a given day,” she said. 

Sindhu said that after missing out on the previous two occasions, she was desperate to win the title this year.  “It’s a very important win for me because after two bronze and two silver medals, I really wanted the title. I was expecting this for a long time and now finally it has happened. So, I’m really happy,” she said. 

Sunday’s gold is Sindhu’s fifth medal at the World Championships, which is the joint highest in women’s singles in the history of the tournament along with Xhang Ning of China, a two-time Olympic gold medallist. Apart from the two silvers Sindhu won in the last two editions, she had also won the bronze in 2013 and 2014.

BAI announces cash rewards 

The BAI announced a cash reward of Rs 20 lakh for P.V. Sindhu following her historic win at the World Championships in Basel on Sunday where she etched her name in record books by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal.

Congratulating Sindhu on her momentous achievement, BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “It has been a great week of top-class badminton, with an incredible performance by P.V. Sindhu as she becomes the first Indian to have the honour of becoming a World Champion.

B. Sai Praneeth’s medal in the Men’s Singles category after 36 years is also another memorable achievement, he added. 

“It’s an absolute moment of pride for India badminton and the entire nation as we celebrate these triumphs,” said Sarma.

A cash reward of Rs 5 lakh was announced for Sai Praneeth who also created history by becoming the first men’s singles player since Prakash Padukone in 1983 to win a medal at the World Championships.



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