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PV Sindhu: I have learnt a lot more from my losses

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World badminton champion PV Sindhu was disappointed when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year, but she utilised the free time to work on rectifying her mistakes. The ace Indian shuttler recently returned to the court at the Thailand Open but crashed out in the first round. Sindhu says losses remind her of the need to come back stronger the next time.

“I learnt a lot last year. The first thing was patience, because we had no tournaments for a couple of months. We couldn’t step out or play badminton, and we needed to have patience,” Sindhu told IANS while delving upon her realisations amid the ongoing Covid crisis.

“I spent a lot more time with my family because (earlier) all the time was spent travelling to tournaments and back. This was the first time I spent a lot more time with my family. I was training at home. One thing I’ve learned is patience, and being positive all the time,” added the champion, whose life has inspired a biopic, which is currently under development.

Sindhu continued: “Last year around March and April, we were getting ready for the Olympics. Unfortunately that got postponed. I was a bit sad, but then I took it in a positive way thinking I now had a lot more time to learn, rectify my mistakes and work on my strokes’. So, that way (I learnt) to stay positive and move forward.”

The Tokyo Olympics were slated to be held in July-August last year, but got delayed because of the pandemic, which disrupted the calendar of all events in 2020.

With normalcy gradually setting in, Sindhu returned to the badminton court at the Thailand Open. However, she didn’t have a great start. The current world champion crashed out in the opening round of the tournament after losing to Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt. It was Sindhu’s first tournament since the All England Open in March last year.

“I am excited to be back on court,” noted the Rio Olympic silver medallist, adding that she is “just focusing on my badminton right now”.

For the 25-year-old, losses are as important as wins.

“I would like to say to all the young juniors that parental support is very important. When I started playing badminton, my parents supported me a lot. And (I feel parents) need to understand what their kid is interested in and support them in that particular thing.

“(Another thing is) When you start, you lose some and you win some. When you lose, there is always a sad thing (because) you always want to win. That doesn’t happen. But you will learn a lot more from your losses,” she shared.

“I have learnt a lot more from my losses, and you need to come back stronger the next time,” shared the star player, who was a celebrity guest on the show, “Young Genius”.

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PV Sindhu donates Rs 10 lakh in fight against COVID-19

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Ace Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu on Thursday donated a sum of Rs 10 lakh to combat the spread of coronavirus. Sindhu has donated Rs 5 lakh each to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Minister Relief Funds in fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

“I hereby donate an amount of Rs 5,00,000/- each (Rs five lakhs) towards the “Chief Ministers Relief Fund” for the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to fight against COVID-19,” she tweeted.

Earlier, South superstar Pawan Kalyan also donated a total sum of Rs 2 crore to combat the spread of coronavirus. Kalyan donated Rs 50 lakh each to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Minister Relief Funds. He also donated Rs 1 crore to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

Star wrestler Bajrang Punia, who works as an OSD in Railways, has already donated his six months’ salary to Haryana coronavirus relief fund.

Former India opener and BJP lawmaker Gautam Gambhir has also offered to release Rs 50 lakh from his Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund for the equipment to treat coronavirus patients in Delhi government hospitals.

Tennis star Sania Mirza has also stepped forward to raise money to provide food and other basic necessities for the daily wage workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has so far claimed more than 20,000 lives across the world.

Around 650 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported so far in India while 13 people have lost their lives.

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Sindhu turns brand ambassador for anti-graft helpline

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Badminton world champion P.V. Sindhu has been appointed the brand ambassador for Andhra Pradesh government’s anti-graft helpline.

The ace shuttler featured along with Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy in a video released by the state government on Tuesday as a promo for its toll-free anti-graft number.

The video titled ‘stop corruption’ tells people to keep their eyes and ears open against corruption.

“Our Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is working towards a corruption-free Andhra Pradesh. Whenever you see corruption, raise your voice. To complain against corruption, call on toll-free number 14400. Your identity will be kept secret,” Sindhu says in the promo released by the Chief Minister.

“Say no to illegal activities, say no to looting, say no to sand mafia, say no to any sort of corruption,” the Chief Minister says in the same promo.

In the Telugu version of the promo, Jagan Mohan Reddy says that one has to pay bribe for any work and even for constructing a toilet. He called for completely rooting out the corrupt practice.

Sindhu already holds the post of a Deputy Collector in Andhra Pradesh. After she had won the silver at the Rio Olympics in 2016, the then government headed by Chandrababu Naidu had announced a cash reward of Rs 3 crore for her in addition to a residential plot in Amaravati and a Group-I officer’s job.

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Padma Vibhushan for Mary Kom, Sindhu gets Padma Bhushan

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Boxing great Mary Kom has been conferred the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian award. Olympic silver medallist and badminton World Champion PV Sindhu has been conferred the Padma Bhushan as the names of the Padma awardees were disclosed on Saturday on the eve of the 71st Republic Day.

Indian women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal, women’s football stalwart Oinam Bembem Devi, former cricketer Zaheer Khan, shooter Jitu Rai, former hockey captain and coach MP Ganesh and archer Tarundeep Rai, are among those who have got the Padma Shri award.

Considered one of the most successful amateur boxers of all time, Mary has won gold at the World Championships a record six times. She won bronze in the 2012 London Olympics. In October 2019, she won bronze at the World Championships in Ulan Ude, Russia — her eighth in the competition.

Sindhu became the first Indian to win gold at the World Championships in August 2019 and the second woman in the world to win five medals in the competition. Her silver medal at Rio 2016 was also the first to be won by an Indian woman in any competition.

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Jagan gifts 5 acres for Sindhu academy in Vizag

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World Badminton Champion PV Sindhu did Andhra proud by winning world championship. She met AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy in Amaravati Capital City. She shared her joy and showed the championship medal to CM who wished her greater such championships in future. Parents accompanied Sindhu but her popular coach Pullela Gopichand was not seen in this visit.

Usually, Sindhu takes her coach while meeting CMs but this time it is different. This triggered speculation whether Gopichand is still maintaining distance from the YSR family. Ex CM YSR tried hard to take back the prime land given to Gopichand by Chandrababu Circar in Gachibowli area for starting his badminton academy. YSR action gave the coach sleepless nights though he finally could get back his land and eventually developed the academy. However, bitter memories remain.

This is the same academy where Gopichand trained and encouraged Sindhu who has reached top positions in the world right now. Minister Avanti Srinivas and others were present when Sindhu met CM.

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Video: PV Sindhu meets Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu

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KCR assures support to Sindhu for future tournaments

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday said that the state government would extend all support to ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu for her preparations for future tournaments.

He gave the assurance when newly crowned world champion Sindhu called on him at his official residence.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, noted that Sindhu has become the pride of the nation by winning the world championships.

Sindhu, who was accompanied by her parents and coach Pullela Gopichand, showed her gold medal to KCR and also presented him two badminton racquets.

KCR felicitated Sindhu with shawl and a flower bouquet.

“Rigorous practice, concentration and dedication are needed to reach the top. One cannot reach this stage without lots of hard work. Sindhu’s parents, being national sportspersons themselves, have groomed her well. Gopichand gave good coaching,” the Chief Minister said.

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Video: Governor Narasimhan Felicitates PV Sindhu

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Sindhu, Stokes, Bumrah enthralled fans on Super Sunday

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If Sunday started with P.V. Sindhu decimating Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in the final of the World Championships in Basel, it ended with Jasprit Bumrah destroying a hapless West Indies batting line-up with a fierce spell of fast bowling (5/7). And in between, all-rounder Ben Stokes played the role of Superman to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for England in the third Ashes Test at Headingley.

Making and breaking records is part and parcel of a sportsperson’s life. And in today’s world of social media coverage, no achievement is overlooked or misses hogging its share of limelight. But it was the sheer turn of back-to-back events that made Sunday all the more special and gave fans just the adrenaline rush that they would have wished for after a long and busy week in schools, colleges and the workplace.

It all started with ace shuttler Sindhu becoming the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships, crushing Japan’s Okuhara in just 36 minutes in a one-sided final. Two-time silver medallist Sindhu was at her imperious best this time as she sent her opponent, a world No.4, scurrying for cover from start to finish.

Sindhu, World No. 5 currently, bagged her fifth medal at the World Championships, which is the joint highest in women’s singles in the history of the tournament along with Xhang Ning of China, a two-time Olympic gold medallist.

Apart from the two silvers Sindhu won in the last two editions, she had also won the bronze in 2013 and 2014.

“I just played the way I played my last two matches. I was really prepared for everything. Playing with the Japanese girls, it’s always going to be really long rallies and I was prepared for it,” the 24-year-old said after the match, dedicating the win to her mother, P. Vijaya, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday.

If Sindhu gave Indian sports fans a reason to celebrate, Bumrah gave cricket fanatics some more reason to dance on the isles as he toyed with the Windies batting that lacked any kind of composure required for the five-day grind, as he nabbed three wickets by tea on Day 4 and ultimately finished with five as India registered a resounding victory in the first Test.

He has been nothing short of a phenomenon in recent times, but even then, Bumrah managed to surprise fans yet again as he bowled some exceptional deliveries to shatter the backbone of the Windies batting line-up with his pace and consistency.

In between Sindhu’s maiden high in the Worlds and Bumrah’s bowling prowess, Stokes was madness personified as he lifted England from the dead to level the Ashes 1-1 with a magnificent unbeaten 135.

England started the fourth day looking to prevent Australia from retaining the Ashes. They got to 286/9, still needing 73 runs for an improbable victory.

But World Cup hero Stokes joined hands with number 11 batsman Jack Leach and did the unthinkable by smashing eight sixes to all corners of the ground and helped England get to touching distance of their highest-ever second-innings total to win a Test match.

Nathan Lyon missed an easy run-out opportunity to dismiss Leach and Stokes survived LBW shouts, with Australia unable to review, but that doesn’t take anything away from the brilliance that was on display in Leeds. It was only poetic justice that Stokes smashed one through the covers to bring up what looked like a fairy tale win for the Englishmen.

“It was unbelievable and something I will never forget. I’ve got to take it all in. I’m not sure it will ever happen again. It’s in the top two feelings I have ever had on a cricket field,” Stokes told Sky TV after the win.

“It is right up there (with the World Cup win). We had to win this game and we managed to do it,” said the all-rounder who smashed an unbeaten 84 in the World Cup final one and a half months ago against New Zealand at Lord’s. England won that match for hitting more boundaries after the match, as well as the Super Over, ended in a tie.

It was a day when sports fans had everything served to them in a buffet, be it emotions, drama or sheer brilliance. While Sindhu started the day with a bang, Bumrah served the perfect finger-licking desert to the fanatics at night. Not to forget a heavy dose of batsmanship in the main course from Ben Stokes. It was just what the doctor would have ordered before sports fanatics get back to the grind on Monday.

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PM Modi, Jagan & KCR Congratulates PV Sindhu

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu after she became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Modi said in a tweet that the “stupendously talented” Sindhu’s success will “inspire generations of players.”

“The stupendously talented @Pvsindhu1 makes India proud again! Congratulations to her for winning the Gold at the BWF World Championships. The passion and dedication with which she’s pursued badminton is inspiring. PV Sindhu’s success will inspire generations of players,” Modi tweeted.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday congratulated ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu for creating history by winning gold at the World Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

“The first ever Indian to win World Championship, Sindhu has done the state and the nation proud with her smashing victory,” the Chief Minister said.

He also wished that the Hyderabad girl’s winning streak continues.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao congratulated badminton star P. V. Sindhu on winning World Badminton Championships on Sunday.

Rao said that Sindhu, with her superb performance, has made the country proud and hoped that she will continue her victories in future.

Sindhu became first Indian to win the World Badminton Championships by defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final.

Sindhu, playing in her third straight World Championships final, trounced Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in what turned out to be a one-sided summit clash in just 36 minutes.

She had previously lost to Okuhara in the same stage in 2017 in an epic 110-minute battle before going down to Olympic champion Spaniard Carolina Marine in the final in 2018.

She had also won two bronze medals in the 2013 and 2014 editions of the World Championships.

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Sindhu becomes first Indian to win World Championships

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Ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships, crushing Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 36 minutes in a one-sided final.

Sindhu’s gold is the second medal that India won at the Worlds this year with Sai Praneeth winning a bronze in men’s singles category.

The last time Sindhu and Okuhara met in a World Championships final was in 2017. In a pulsating encounter that lasted nearly two hours and involved a 73-shot rally, Okuhara emerged victorious in the end. Sindhu again reached the final in 2018, only to go down to Carolina Marín of Spain. However, she finally broke the jinx this time, brushing aside her opponent with a dominant show from start to finish.

In stark contrast to world No. Sindhu, the Japanese world No. 4 on Sunday looked completely at sea against the Indian star’s relentless attacks.

Although Okuhara won the first point of the first game, Sindhu won eight straight points after that to race to a 8-1 lead. Okuhara managed just one more point before the interval with Sindhu leading 11-2.

The mauling continued for much of the second period of the opener, which ended in just 16 minutes. Okuhara got a few consecutive points towards the end to extend her score to 7 but Sindhu sealed the issue on her first game point.

In the second game, Okuhara briefly kept pace until the score was 3-2 in Sindhu’s favour after which the Indian took six consecutive points to race to a 9-2 lead.

Okuhara won two more points but Sindhu kept her foot on the pedal and went into the interval with a 11-4 lead.

Okuhara went on to take just three more points in the second period as Sindhu continued to storm her way to the title. Once again, she managed to get over the line on her first match point.

This was the 16th match between Sindhu and Okuhara. Sindhu now leads 9-7 head-to-head, including three victories in the last five meetings before Sunday’s clash.

Both players had not won a title this year. While Okuhara reached the final after a hard fought 17-21, 21-18, 21-15 win against Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, Sindhu swatted aside China’s Chen Yu Fei 21-7, 21-14 in her semifinal clash.

This is Sindhu’s fifth medal at the World Championships, which is the joint highest in women’s singles in the history of the tournament along with Xhang Ning of China, a two-time Olympic gold medallist. Apart from the two silvers Sindhu won in the last two editions, she had also won the bronze in 2013 and 2014.

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She Is Only Choice To Play PV Sindhu?

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From the time biopic on Pullela Gopichand is been announced there is a big discussion about who will be playing PV Sindhu role in the film? Makers of the Gopichand biopic has announced that it be a multilingual movie in Telugu, Hindi, English and will be dubbed in Tamil for the movie buffs to know the untold story of the badminton player.

This has made the situation more tough for the makers to bring a known face in south, northern regions cinema viewers and she should also possess star tag too. In the current generation of young heroines, only Rakul Preet Singh is well known in Bollywood as well as in Tollywood, Kollywood and on top of it other star heroines have passed the age to play young Sindhu in the silver screen. Even the role of PV Sindhu is more of a guest role in the biopic with less runtime and this is making most of the heroines to stay a bit away from the movie. Let’s wait and watch if Rakul gets the chance to fill the shoes of PV Sindhu or not?

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Sindhu excited to share her story via comic book

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Sindhu excited to share her story via comic book

Rio Olympics silver medallist shuttler P.V. Sindhu is excited to share her story through a comic book, and hopes it will motivate people.

Tinkle, a comic brand from Amar Chitra Katha run by the Future Group, is celebrating its 37th anniversary by featuring a special story from Sindhu.

“I am really excited to share my story through Tinkle. As a child, it was always fun to read their short stories and get inspired. I hope that my short story can connect with the readers and motivate them to believe in dreams,” Sindhu said in a statement.

The story is about the time when Sindhu was a child and lost her school books just before her exams. This also happened when a badminton tournament was just around the corner. The story talks about how she managed to overcome the challenge.

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Shuttler P.V. Sindhu says mistreated by IndiGo staff

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Shuttler P.V. Sindhu says mistreated by IndiGo staff

Rio Olympics silver medallist shuttler P.V. Sindhu on Saturday slammed private carrier IndiGo, saying a staffer “behaved very badly and rudely” with her when she boarded a Hyderabad-Mumbai flight.

Sindhu took to Twitter, describing the incident as “a very bad experience” after a staffer named Ajeetesh objected to her carrying her kit-bag which had her racquets inside it.

The airline said the baggage issue was eventually resolved.

“We hope that Ms Sindhu will appreciate that our colleague was only carrying out his duty in the best interest of a safe and reliable operation,” Ajay Jasra, IndiGo’s Director of Corporate Communications, said in a statement.

On her part, Sindhu posted in a series of tweets: “Sorry to say ..I had a very bad experience when i was flying by 6E 608 flight to bombay (sic) on November 4 the ground staff by name Ajeetesh.”

“Ground staff (skipper) Ajeetesh behaved very badly and rudely with me. When the air hostess Ashima tried to advise him to behave properly with the passenger (Me) but to my surprise he behaved very rudely with her. If this type of people work for a reputed airline like Indigo they will spoil their reputation.”

While Sindhu was not reachable, IANS contacted her mother who played down the incident, saying: “Lets not make it a very serious issue, such things take place sometimes.”

The IndiGo statement said: “Ms P.V. Sindhu boarded flight 6E608 Hyderabad-Mumbai carrying oversized baggage which was not fitting into the overhead bin. Ms Sindhu was informed that it will be moved to cargo hold of the aircraft. This is the same policy we follow for all customers. Oversized baggage inside the cabin inconveniences other customers and can also be a safety hazard if it cannot be secured properly in the cabin.”

“During the entire conversation, the member of the IndiGo ground operations remained calm. After several requests to her manager, they finally consented to the removal of the bag from the cabin. We then placed the over-sized baggage in the cargo hold and was handed over to Ms Sindhu on arrival. We are extremely proud of Ms Sindhu’s sporting achievements and are grateful for the laurels she has won for our country. However, safety of our operations is paramount to IndiGo,” the statement added.

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PV Sindhu turns producer for a digital film

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Indian badminton star P.V. Sindhu has turned producer for a digital film paying ode to her coach Pullela Gopichand for his relentless pursuit of excellence.

Celebrating ‘Teacher’s Day’ that falls on September 5, Sindhu has co-produced the film with sports drink brand Gatorade to celebrate those who keep pushing you, through the digital film titled #IHATEMYTEACHER’

The story is that of Sindhu’s journey and her equation with Gopichand.

“Coach has worked relentlessly and has had big dreams for me. He is my faith replenisher. Working with Gatorade on this film has hit close to home, and I can’t help but feel indebted to coach for his relentless pursuit of excellence,” Sindhu, ambassador of the drink brand, said in a statement.

“This Teacher’s Day, I dedicate all my success to him and urge everyone else to also honour the driving force in their lives. Let’s hate our teachers for pushing us further and believing in us more than we believe in ourselves,” added Sindhu, who finished second at the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow last month.

The idea behind the film was to bring alive the crucial love-hate relationship with the mentors, guides, trainers and teachers who have pushed us to succeed, said Vipul Prakash, Senior Vice President – Beverage Category, PepsiCo India.

“Authenticity has become the bedrock of consumer sentiment and as an ode to teachers, we couldn’t have found a better story to tell than that of our brand ambassador P.V Sindhu,” he said.

Expressing his point of view on the conceptualisation of the creative thought behind this film, Senthil Kumar, Chief Creative Officer of the creative agency JWT India, says the film is an ode to Gopi from Sindhu in its “purest” form.

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India has immense talent, a second Sindhu possible: P.V. Sindhu

Impressed by Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Himanta Biswa Sarma’s initiative to create a pool of players for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, star shuttler Pusarla Venkata Sindhu said the country has immense talent and the day is not far when another Sindhu or Saina Nehwal will emerge.

Sindhu, who recently bettered her bronze medal performances at the 2013 and 2014 World Championships to clinch the silver at the 2017 edition in Glasgow, went down to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a nerve-wrecking one hour 50 minute final at the Emirates Arena on Sunday.

This was India’s best show in a World Badminton Championship with the country bagging two medals for the first time. Sindhu’s city mate Saina had settled for the bronze on Saturday after losing her semi-final to Okuhara.

But women’s singles in India suffers from a lack of depth as, apart from the Hyderabadi duo, there is absolutely no other big name in the national circuit. But Sindhu is hopeful of seeing emerging shuttlers making it big on the international stage.

“I wish the very best to the BAI. I would like to see a second Sindhu coming up and that is very much possible. India has immense talent,” Sindhu told IANS in a telephonic interview.

At 22, Sindhu has four medals from global tournaments, including a silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, besides the various Superseries and Grand Prix titles, but the hunger is still on.

“It really feels amazing!! However, this is just the beginning and I have a long way to go and many more laurels to bring for India,” she said.

Asked about the deciding game of the World Championship final, when both Sindhu and Okuhara were locked at 20-20, the Hyderabadi said: “All I was thinking was to play one point at a time and move ahead. I wanted to stay away from the pressure and focus on my game.”

Prior to their World Championship final, Sindhu and Okuhara enjoyed a 3-3 head-to-head record and the tie could have headed either way on Sunday.

Commenting on her opponent, Sindhu said: “Okuhara was never easy… It was the final and obviously was going to be a tough one with tough rallies going on.”

“I never took her easy. I was prepared for the match to be really long, but unfortunately it wasn’t my day,” she added.

Sindhu finished her semi-final at around 2:30 am on Sunday morning and she was again back on the court after 17 hours for the final, which went on for 110 minutes to become the second-longest women’s singles final in history.

When probed about her preparations for the summit clash, Sindhu stressed on the importance of sound sleep and good food.

“Well, I didn’t have too much time between my final and semi-final. Hence I focused on resting well to be ready for the finals. There was nothing much we could do with the scheduling of the tournament; so I rested well,” she said.

Besides national coach Pullela Gopichand, Sindhu credited her Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo for helping improve her fitness level, which was evident from the 73-shot rally in the second game.

“Along with Gopichand, I have been training under an Indonesian coach who has helped immensely in training for the games as well as for fitness.

“Everyone is asking about that particular rally, but every rally was equally long and there were too many shots from both sides. We both were really tired but it turned out to be one exciting contest,” she said.

Sindhu, who was made Bridgestone India’s brand ambassador for three years on Wednesday, is now aiming to continue her winning momentum at the Korea and Japan super series, in September.

On a lighter note, the shuttler revealed that she had to sacrifice her favourite ice creams and biryani for the World Championship silver.

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Would love to see Deepika as P.V. Sindhu in my film: Sonu Sood

After producing “Tutak Tutak Tutiya”, Sonu Sood is busy working on his next production — a biopic on badminton player P.V. Sindhu and says he would love to see Deepika Padukone portraying the character.

Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal in 2016.

“I would love to see Deepika playing character of Sindhu in my film. She is a fine actress. We are still in scripting stage. If the part is offered to her and she likes the script and director, and has the time for it, she will surely give her nod.

“After the completion of the script, I would like to approach her for this role because when you become producer, it becomes a huge responsibility to present a strong script in front of actors,” Sonu said here on the sidelines of the 20-year celebration of the movie “Border”.

Deepika is the daughter of ace badminton player Prakash Padukone and she herself has been a badminton player at the national level in her school days. But Deepika is fully invested in “Padmavati” as of now.

Sonu and Deepika have earlier worked together in “Happy New Year”.

Commenting on the progress of the Sindhu biopic, Sonu said: “We are in continuous touch with P.V. Sindhu and her family members. The first draft of the story has been completed and in the coming one or two months, we will be able to lock the script. We are in talks with other actresses as well, but till the time the script is not completed actors also doesn’t get excited for the film.”

Another film on badminton player Saina Nehwal is in the works with actress Shraddha Kapoor playing the title role.

Asked about the similarities between the two films, Sonu said: “Shraddha is a great actress and I know she will do a great job with it. The only common aspect in both the films is badminton but their life and journey towards glory is completely different. I feel these stories will inspire people who live in villages or small cities to become better sportspersons.”

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P V Sindhu’s biopic by Sonu Sood : Hopes to inspire millions

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Olympic Silver Medallist P V Sindhu’s will be joining the bandwagon of sportsperson whose stories are portrayed on the big screen. Actor-producer Sonu Sood is set to draw Sindhu’s life on screen. Sonu got the idea when she won the silver medal and subsequently his team researched about her life for around eight months.

He feels that this is apt time for making biopic on Sindhu, considering the fact that other sports are gaining prominence in the country. The script is being developed once it is finalized and the actors/actress will be decided. Sindhu 21, hopes that her story will inspires millions to follow their dreams.

Sachin Tendulkar’s biopic is all set to hit the screens towards the end of this month. Saina Nehwal announced last week that actress Shraddha Kapoor is lead actress in her biopic which will release in 2018.

In the recent past biopics of several sports personalities including MS Dhoni, Mohammed Azharuddin, Mary Kom, Milkha Singh have been painted on the big screen.

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PV Sindhu in China Open finals

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PV Sindhu in China Open Finals

(S.Ravi Seshu)

Continuing India’s rich tradition of dominating Chinese players in their own land, PV Sindhu stormed into finals of this year’s edition by defeating a better ranked player in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The seventh seed Sindhu came from behind to oust the sixth seed Ji Hyun of Korea 11-21, 23-21, 21-19 to be a step away from clinching her maiden Super Series Premier at the USD 7,00,000 tournament. The gritty Hyderabadi saved three match points in the second game.

The two-time bronze medallist in World Championships and silver medal winner in Rio Olympics, Sindhu is all set to lock horns with Sun Yu (seed-8), local favourite, in the title clash.

This is the third year in a row that an Indian woman will be in the final in China, the land of shuttle champions. Saina Nehwal had won the tournament in 2014 but remained runner up the next year. Though the injury-hit Saina lost in the first round this year, PV Sindhu is all set to compete against another Chinese for the honours.

Sindhu, who fumbled in the last tournaments after Olympics, was clueless in the opening game of the semi-finals as the Korean dominated in all departments. The neck-and-neck match saw Sindhu struggling very hard to match the offence of her opponent. Ji Hyun made it 20-17 almost sealing the Indian’s fate in the second game. Sindhu, at this crucial stage, came up with gritty strokes, including an angled drop shot before levelling the score. She roared back into the match with a powerful smash during a long rally and won it.

In the decider, Ji Hyun and Sindhu matched each other in rallies and smashes. Ji Hyun moved to a 12-10 lead but Sindhu made it 20-18. Eventually, the Indian scored a memorable win with a superb cross court smash.

Sindhu had reached maiden Super Series final at the Denmark Open last year but lost to the 2012 Olympic champion China’s Li Xuerui in straight games.

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