All-India final in CWG a proud moment for the country, says Sindhu

Saina Nehwal defeated P. V. Sindhu to clinch her second Commonwealth Games women’s singles title in style at the Carrara sports arena on Sunday.

P.V. Sindhu: "I have to work on some aspects of my game for sure, especially strokes."   -  PTI

It was yet another gesture which made champion shuttler P.V. Sindhu stand out from the rest of the crowd. Brushing aside the disappointment of losing an intensely fought singles final to the London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal,  Sindhu, for a moment, left chief national coach P. Gopi Chand bemused when she walked away even as he and the winner were posing for a photograph. 

Sindhu actually rushed towards the cheering fans holding the Indian tri-colour and got it from them to hold it with a "sense of pride".

"It was a really proud moment to see the Indian tri-colour fly high. The National anthem is something I always love to hear at these events," Sindhu said in an exclusive chat with Sportstar from Gold Coast.

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"It was a good final, and it was good that both of us are in the final. A proud moment for our country," says Sindhu reflecting on her maiden silver in the Commonwealth Games (she won bronze earlier).

"Obviously, only one of us can win and I think there were many good matches in the past too. I cannot make any comparison," she said on the contests against Saina. 

On finishing second best in three Majors – Rio Olympics, World Championship and now in the CWG - 22-year-old Sindhu feels that all three are different events and cannot be compared for different reasons.

"Definitely, I gave my best and especially in the second set today, it was anybody's game. It is just that I lost. Winning and losing are part of life and the important thing is you have to come back stronger," felt Sindhu.

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"Overall, Indian shuttlers have done well in the CWG here; winning the mixed team gold for the first time and picking a gold in women's singles and silver each in men's (K. Srikanth) and women's singles (herself). Well, even the doubles pairs have done exceptionally well against all odds here," she explained.

After having missed out on the team event with a niggle, Sindhu was perfectly fine for the singles competition. "I have to work on some aspects of my game for sure, especially strokes. There will be many more methods to look forward to, train hard and get better prepared for the big events lined up later this year," she signed off.

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