P. V. Sindhu ecstatic after winning China Open

"By all means, this win is a gentle reminder to all that I am equally focussed on my game after the Olympic silver medal. And, I hope this is just the beginning of a new chapter as I badly needed this win after Rio," P. V. Sindhu told Sportstar from Fuzhou (China).

P. V. Sindhu

P. V. Sindhu also took pride in the fact that she is the second Indian to win China Open women’s singles title after Saina Nehwal won it in 2014.   -  V. Ganesan

The newly-crowned China Open women’s singles champion, P. V. Sindhu, said that it was a special feeling to win her maiden Super Series title and that too after winning the silver medal in the Rio Olympic Games this August.

“Yes, there were many who thought that after winning the Olympic medal, many aspects of my game will go down. But, I proved quite a few of them wrong with this win which is the result of lot of hard work,” Sindhu told Sportstar from Fuzhou (China) on Sunday after > beating Sun Yu of China 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 in the women’s singles final.

The ace shuttler from India said that winning the China Open also meant fulfilling one of her dreams of picking a Super Series title. “For long, many of my friends and fellow players were asking about when I am going to win this. Now, I have the answer. And, to breach the ‘Chinese Wall’ in their own backyard is a truly memorable feat,” asserted Sindhu.

“Well, after the thrilling semifinal win against Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, after facing three match points, it was decisive when I look back at my performance. But again, I always felt confident even during that tense phase of the semifinal. I knew if I put the shuttle back in the court, which I have done successfully, I always had the chance to win,” the 21-year-old said.

Reflecting on the final, Sindhu said she was very happy with her overall performance. “Yes, things went wrong in the second game, but more importantly I fought back in the decider. It was a reminder of my fitness and the ability to raise the bar under pressure,” said an elated Sindhu.

“The China Open win is very important ahead of the Hong Kong Open. Right now, I am not sure what is that I have to do to qualify for the year-ending Dubai BWF Super Series. But, I will take it one at a time and not think too much,” she said.

When asked whether the prestigious All England will be her next major target after being a two-time World Championship bronze medallist, Olympic medallist and winning the Super Series title, Sindhu said that it would be great if she could win the title early next year. “That would mean a complete list of achievements which is a dream for any badminton player.”

Sindhu also took pride in the fact that she happened to be the second Indian to win the China Open women’s singles title after Saina Nehwal won it in 2014. “Yes, that is what makes it so memorable. It is a great feeling,” she added.

“By all means, this win is a gentle reminder to all that I am equally focussed on my game after the Olympic silver medal. And, I hope this is just the beginning of a new chapter as I badly needed this win after Rio,” Sindhu concluded before joining her father P. V. Ramana for celebrations.