PV Sindhu endured a rough 2018 after the ace shuttler lost seven finals in a row. The phase brought upon a lot of flak with several people questioning Sindhu’s mentality, instinct, and penned it down to a phobia of finals.
The Olympic silver medalist claimed that reaching the finals is also not a mean achievement. During an online chat with Ameetha Sinh, Sindhu stated that people don’t understand the fact that she can’t win all the tournaments she contests in. She said:
“What people do not understand is reaching the final is also not a mean achievement. You don’t go and directly play the final. You have to play many matches,”
“Back in 2018, when I lost seven consecutive finals, people used to ask me, What’s happening in the finals? But they need to understand I can’t win all tournaments”
PV Sindhu lost a number of high profile gold medal matches in 2018 which include the 2018 Asian Games and the Commonwealth games as well.
Sindhu claims people started expecting more from her after Rio Olympics heroics
PV Sindhu came agonizingly close to an Olympic gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics but eventually had to settle for silver after blowing away a one-set lead.
However, Sindhu secured India’s only silver at the mega-event, following which she was glistened by the government and the state authorities for her achievement. Sindhu believes that the moment kickstarted a new phase in her life.
“My life is divided into two phases, before Rio, and after Rio. After the silver at Rio Olympics, expectations skyrocketed. To keep the same intensity in all tournaments is tough, but at the same time this is the reason why we train so hard,”
“Once I step into the court, my only focus is to win the match. But with time I have realized sometimes even giving 100 percent on the court will not win you matches. You just have to move on as an athlete after having given your absolute best,”
PV Sindhu had advice for the youngsters who dream of making it big in sports. According to her, the most essential component is support from family. She added:
“My parents took voluntary retirement so that they could focus on me. We even changed our house because the academy was far. Family support is the most important thing. Next is enjoying the game, winning and losing is secondary as long as you are enjoying the sport,”
PV Sindhu would be looking forward to training after a long hiatus with the government allowing athletes to train for August 5.