PV Sindhu shines on the big stage
India’s leading shuttler PV Sindhu won the Singapore Open, Syed Modi and Swiss Open in 2022.
India’s double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu has taken her game to another level.
While a decade ago, it was a surprise – pleasant as it may be – for an Indian shuttler to win a world tournament, players like Parupalli Kashyap, Ashwini Ponnappa, Srikanth Kidambi, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu have turned it into the norm.
Breaking the dry spell
PV Sindhu emerged as the real big tournament player after she became India’s first world champion in the sport in 2019. Since that win, Sindhu had made it to a couple of finals but couldn’t cross the final hurdle.
2022 though, came as a breath of fresh air as Sindhu started to convert her hard work into championship wins. The shuttler added wins at Syed Modi and the Swiss Open with a well-earned win over China’s Wang Zhi Yi in the final of the Swiss Open.
Sindhu’s first Singapore Open title came in her sixth attempt. It is safe to say that 2022 is her best year on tour. She had earlier won the India Open, Korea Open and Syed Modi in 2017, but this time, it’s three and counting within the first half of the year.
This is what she had to say after bagging the title by beating China’s Wang Zhi Yi 21-9, 11-21, 21-15 in 58 minutes.
“I wanted to be more successful, of course. Back then, there were hard-fought matches. Losing quarters and semis was a bit upsetting. But I have crossed that stage now. I hope the tempo continues for the rest of the tournaments. It is not over yet. This is just the start. I am relieved. It feels really good to be winning finals after a long time. Getting this title means a lot because this will give me a lot of confidence, take me to another level”.
“I am going to enjoy this win. Maybe I’ll take a day off and spend time with my family because it’s been a long tour. It is time to go home and just relax for a bit before I get back to training. It’s important that I stay physically and mentally fit and remain injury free,” she concluded.
Sindhu is only the third Indian to win the tournament after Saina Nehwal (2010) and B Sai Praneeth (2017).