PV Sindhu – Beating Olympic champion Li Xuerui was the turning point of my career

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The great win over 2012 Olympic champion Li Xuerui transformed PV Sindhu’s career, unearthed world champion. PV Sindhu, in a chat with paddler Mudit Dani on online show revealed turning point in her career.

PV Sindhu at the starting of her career

When I started playing I was doing well but international standards are not the same. In the beginning, I kept losing in first rounds, qualifying rounds. I realised I needed to go out harder, that is when I kept working hard,” Sindhu told paddler Mudit Dani

Turning Point of her career

“I used to feel sad and thinking about what mistake I’m making, I am also working hard as others. I think that turning point I would say I got in 2012 where I beat Li Xuerui, she was current Olympic champion at that time. Since then I worked extra hard and I have been improving step by step, year by year, ” she added.

Sindhu is a fan of Taufik Hidayat’s backhand. The Indonesian is the 2016 Olympic gold medallist in Rio, where Sindhu had to relieve for silver.

Image courtsey AFP

The Hyderabadi shuttler recalled a surprise gift from one of her fans on arrival from Rio. It was the fan’s one-month salary.

“It was so touching that I remember it even today. I wrote him a letter and sent him some money,” said the World No. 7.

While Sindhu currently remains to train at home and is having a peaceful time with her family during the Covid-19 pandemic, she has also picked up new skills.

“I have been learning a few things; as I paint nowadays. I am also cooking and baking. It’s really interesting because earlier it was always badminton but now you are learning different stuff which is creative,” said Sindhu.

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) had intended to conduct the training camp at Hyderabad from July 1 but the Telangana government still hasn’t give green light to resume training due to the increasing Covid-19 cases in the state.

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