PV Sindhu’s Macau Grand Prix Gold title may not be her most memorable triumph, but surely a morale-boosting one – not just for her, but her coach and Indian badminton as well.
After her bronze-medal show at the World Championships in August, there was a steep slide in the fortunes of Indian badminton with none registering a worthwhile performance. But Sindhu has managed to lift the sagging morale of Indian badminton with her Macau conquest.
The 5-feet, 11-inch shuttler arrived to a grand welcome and shared her experiences after the Macau win.
“It’s always good to win a title. I was not doing well after the World Championships. Despite getting a good draw in events in Denmark, I was not able to live up to expectations. So I took a break, withdrew from the China Open and worked hard. I played well in Hong Kong, though I lost to Ratchanok (Intanon) in the first round and in Macau I won the title. Winning a tournament at the end of the year boosts your confidence a lot. Overall, it’s been an excellent year for me. I won two GP Golds and I am determined to do well next year. I don’t fear anyone, I just concentrate on giving my best.”