Their rivalry is purely on court
People often talk about her on-court rivalry with shuttler Saina Nehwal and though PV Sindhu does agree that they are rivals, she says it is strictly restricted to the court. “Our rivalry is purely on court. While playing, of course, there will be rivalry. It is healthy competition. It’s about who wins on that day and both of us are definitely playing to win. Off the court, we are friendly with each other.”
Sindhu’s dream run came to an end, when she recently lost to China’s Li Xuerui in the final of the Denmark Open.
The badminton champ, who is a two-time bronze medallist at the World Championship, was playing her maiden Super Series final. Though she was disappointed with the loss, she has learnt to take failure in her stride and look at the positive side. She says, “I’m very happy with my performance as this was my first Super Series. I did lose in the final and was disappointed as I had won three matches in a row. But never mind, I have to take these things in my stride and look for positivity. It’s a great thing that I’ve reached this far.”
This year she was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian honour Padma Shri. Ask her if the award was expected and she says, “I didn’t expect the Padma Shri. I didn’t know about it and someone else informed me that I had won it as I was playing in a tournament. I came back and celebrated later. I was happy as I didn’t expect a Padma Shri this soon in my career,” says the 20-year-old sportswoman.
While playing, of course, there will be rivalry. Both of us (Sania and Sindhu) are playing to win
PV Sindhu, badminton player