Indian shuttler PV Sindhu is all set to make her return to the international circuit at Denmark Open after her successful Rio Olympics campaign earlier in the year. Sindhu did not get enough match practice as she had to attend many felicitation functions and so missed out a couple of Super series Opens.
Speaking to the Indian Express the 21-year-old exuded confidence which she has drawn from the silver medal win at Rio. She said that she would play without any pressure in the coming events. She also spoke about the changes that the medal has brought along with it.
“My life has changed a lot after the Olympics and I am very happy for the silver medal,” Sindhu told reporters. “I have started my practice already and preparing for the Denmark Open and French Open in Paris. We are leaving tomorrow and I wish I would give my best and play my game.
“It has given me a lot of confidence and with the same confidence, I hope I would go further. After the Silver medal, it really gave me a lot of confidence,” she added.
The Hyderabad youngster, also said that she was fully aware of her responsibilities for the nation and said she would want to give everything in the upcoming events and try to win as many as possible.
Speaking about her feelings on winning the silver medal, the two-time World Championship bronze medallist replied that it was unreal and had not sunk in for a long time.
“Well it (winning the medal) didn’t sink in for a long time, now it has a bit. I have been preparing for coming tournaments and preparation wise everything is good,” Sindhu said.
Sindhu, however, dismissed the idea that the felicitation programs across the country were a distraction and said that it was an act of love and compassion from many people whom she had made proud.
The shuttler, who lost in the finals to Spaniard Carolina Marin and had to settle for the silver medal, along with bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik and gymnast Dipa Karmakar were presented a BMW car each by cricket icon, Sachin Tendulkar. Commenting on reports that the Tripura gymnast has decided to return the vehicle, Sindhu quipped, “It is not a problem for me. But for her (Dipa) the roads in (Agartala) and everything is difficult and she couldn’t manage and so had to return the car. I have already driven, it was nice and fantastic.”