Looking for consistency

P. V. Sindhu was named the Sportswoman of the Year (Racquet Sport) at the Sportstar Aces Awards supported by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF.

“The next target is to be the world No. 1 again, which I feel will automatically come if you keep winning titles consistently,” the 2016 Olympics silver medallist said.   -  AFP

"I deem it a great honour and a privilege,” said P. V. Sindhu, 2016 Olympics silver medallist and India’s best woman shuttler, on receiving the Sportstar Aces Sportswoman of the Year (Racquet Sport) award, supported by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, in association with MRF. “Unfortunately, I could not make it to the function because it clashed with the schedule of the senior nationals in Guwahati,” she said, adding: “I have always been a big fan of Sportstar. I remember reading it for a long, long time. I was always curious to glance through the pages to see what pics were published.”

“The best part is that the magazine covers all sports with equal importance. That is the beauty of Sportstar,” Sindhu said.

The 2018 BWF World Tour Finals champion conveyed her best wishes to the management of the magazine on celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Reflecting on her career, the two-time silver medallist at the World Championships said that 2018 had been very good and she hopes to do better in 2019. “This being the Olympics qualification year, it will be tough as we turn to being selective in picking the tournaments to compete in and I hope to give my best,” she said. “The biggest challenge is to focus 100 per cent, stay fit mentally and physically for the standard at the top is very high,” said the 23-year-old.

“...injuries are part of any athlete’s career. I feel sad for (Carolina) Marin though not really scared of these things. I wish she recovers quickly,” she said about the Olympic champion, who suffered an injury in the Indonesian Masters final against Saina Nehwal in the last week of January.

“We have to take care of our ourselves and come back stronger from these kind of setbacks,” Sindhu said, adding: “The next target is to be the world No. 1 again, which I feel will automatically come if you keep winning titles consistently. So, effectively, I have to look for consistency at the highest level."