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'India has immense talent, a second Sindhu possible'

India has immense talent, a second Sindhu possible

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 Sep 2017 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Aug 31: Impressed by Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Himanta Biswa Sarma's initiative to create a pool of players for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, star shuttler Pusarla Venkata Sindhu said the country has immense talent and the day is not far when another Sindhu or Sai Nehwal will emerge.

Sindhu, who recently bettered her bronze medal performances at the 2013 and 2014 World Championships to clinch the silver at the 2017 edition in Glasgow, went down to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a nerve-wrecking one hour 50 minute fil at the Emirates Are on Sunday.

This was India's best show in a World Badminton Championship with the country bagging two medals for the first time. Sindhu's city mate Sai had settled for the bronze on Saturday after losing her semi-fil to Okuhara.

But women's singles in India suffers from a lack of depth as, apart from the Hyderabadi duo, there is absolutely no other big me in the tiol circuit. But Sindhu is hopeful of seeing emerging shuttlers making it big on the intertiol stage.

"I wish the very best to the BAI. I would like to see a second Sindhu coming up and that is very much possible. India has immense talent," Sindhu told IANS in a telephonic interview.

At 22, Sindhu has four medals from global tourments, including a silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, besides the various Superseries and Grand Prix titles, but the hunger is still on.

"It really feels amazing!! However, this is just the beginning and I have a long way to go and many more laurels to bring for India," she said.

Asked about the deciding game of the World Championship fil, when both Sindhu and Okuhara were locked at 20-20, the Hyderabadi said: "All I was thinking was to play one point at a time and move ahead. I wanted to stay away from the pressure and focus on my game."

Prior to their World Championship fil, Sindhu and Okuhara enjoyed a 3-3 head-to-head record and the tie could have headed either way on Sunday.

Commenting on her opponent, Sindhu said: "Okuhara was never easy... It was the fil and obviously was going to be a tough one with tough rallies going on."

"I never took her easy. I was prepared for the match to be really long, but unfortutely it wasn't my day," she added.

Sindhu finished her semi-fil at around 2:30 am on Sunday morning and she was again back on the court after 17 hours for the fil, which went on for 110 minutes to become the second-longest women's singles fil in history. When probed about her preparations for the summit clash, Sindhu stressed on the importance of sound sleep and good food. IANS

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