Their ri­valry is purely on court

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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

Saina Ne­hwal

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