Sindhu focusing on positives after loss to Marin

“Winning four medals, including two silvers in five World championships appearances is a record that I am proud of. I hope to be the champion one day,” said P. V. Sindhu after her BWF World Championships final loss on Sunday.

P. V. Sindhu reacts during her BWF World Championships final match against Carolina Marin on Sunday.   -  Getty Images

P. V. Sindhu, despite losing yet another final, is happy with her performance at the BWF World Championships, where she lost to her old nemesis Carloina Marin in the final.

“I should have won the first set after a good start in the final (against Marin). But, I made quite a few mistakes. Things would have been different if only I had recovered in time in the second-half of that set,” said Sindhu in an exclusive chat with Sportstar from Nanjing (China) on Sunday.

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“Winning four medals, including two silvers in five World championships appearances is a record that I am proud of. I hope to be the champion one day,” she added.

Talking about the pressure going into the tie, she said, “I don’t think there was any pressure in facing Marin for the second time in a major final (the last time being in 2016 Rio Olympics). But, yes, I was keen to give it back to her before the start of the final today.”

“I was not able to get my strokes in. Either they were going out or into the net. And, by the time I could recover, she raced away to a huge lead,” said Sindhu about what went wrong in the second set.

“Marin is a very aggressive player and has her own style of game and it is always a challenge to take her on in any tournament,” she added.

Disappointed but lots of positives

“I thought I was pretty close to winning the gold but ended up a loser. It is disappointing having come thus far but there are lots of positives for me from this championship as I had beaten some of the best players before making it to the final. This should augur well for me ahead of the Asian Games,” she explained.

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Commenting on the scheduling of the matches, she said, “The scheduling (referring to late night matches she played) is there for everyone. I don’t want to complain for my loss today on any account.”

“Losing in a final always gives a better feeling than being out of the championship in the first round,” she signed off on an optimistic note.