Q&A WITH P.V. SINDHU
Before competing in the World Championships this month, P.V. Sindhu, with her career earnings of $5.5 million, was ranked a joint 13th in the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid women athletes. The badminton star, though pleased with the attention, is keeping her head on her shoulders
What does your inclusion in the Forbes list mean to you and what was your reaction?
I’m happy I’ve been listed and it’s good to be on the top female athletes list. Comparing myself with the legends [on the list] makes me really happy. It was exciting when I heard about it.
Is this also a sign of how far badminton, especially the women’s game, has come in India?
Yes, definitely. It’s doing really well. It’s really good that after cricket, there are many people coming up in men’s and women’s badminton. It’s a very good sign.
Why did you withdraw from the Thailand Open earlier this month?
I withdrew because I wanted to train for the Badminton World Federation Championships. There wasn’t much time. After the Thailand Open, there was just one week before the world championships.
The Olympics is still a year away, but what are your thoughts looking ahead?
Of course, Olympic qualifications have started and we are all preparing for that. That is definitely the ultimate aim, but before that there are a lot of tournaments to play, so it’s about just focusing on each tournament step by step for now.
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