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 minutes 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.
At 22, Sindhu has four medals from global tournaments, including silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, besides the various Super Series 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.
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 favorite ice creams and biryani for the World Championship silver.