Pusarla Venkata Sindhu has already made quite a name for herself on the Badminton circuit. All of 17 and she already has quite a number of big achievements to boast of, including the very recent win over the London Gold medalist. She has oodles of talent and is expected to lead the Indian challenge along with Saina Nehwal in the near future.
You just beat the World No. 2 Li Xuerui at the China Masters. What was your approach during the match against Xuerui that helped you beat her comfortably?
I just went normally into the court thinking that I have to give my 100 percent and gave my best and won against her, and so I am pretty happy about that.
How disappointing was it to lose the final at the National Championships?
I was disappointed. But I couldn’t help it as I had knee pain and was not able to give my 100 percent.
Has the pressure increased on you ever since you beat Li Xuerui at the China Masters?
Nothing like pressure but winning against her was really a big achievement for me till now.
Your landmark win has suddenly made you the focus of everyone’s attention. Are you comfortable being in the spotlight? Do you enjoy the increased attention, or would you prefer that the media left you alone?
Yes, I am comfortable and I enjoy it. The media also supported me a lot and I am happy with it.
What do you think makes the Chinese so dominating in badminton? Do you think your win against the Xuerui is a sign of this domination coming to an end?
The Chinese players are really strong but it’s not like no one can beat them. On that day, the player who plays well and gives her best is the winner.
Do you think badminton as a sport has developed as well as it should in India?
Yes, Badminton as a sport has really developed well in India, and I would wish that it develops more and more.
What obstacles, if any, did you face during your training days?
Nothing till now.
Saina Nehwal has become the torch-bearer for the game in India. Has her success made things easier for new players, or have the increased expectations because of her success made things tougher?
It’s not a matter of easier or tougher, but she and her success have become a inspiration for many players and youngsters too.
Who do you see as your closest rivals as you attempt to break into the top-ten?
Nothing like rivals but there are many good players and I want to work hard and give my best and break into the top ten.
Aside from Saina, did you have any role models growing up?
Yes I do, a girl from Chinese Taipie named Tai Tzu Ying. She is not like exactly a role model for me, but she is really playing well and has a good game.