PV Sindhu won the Badminton World Championships gold medal this weekend in Geneva, becoming the first Indian to do so.
The 24-year-old beat Japanese opponent, Nozomi Okuhara, in just over half an hour, 21-7, 21-7.
Sindhu became a household name in India when she won the silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics but has since faced criticism for not producing performances in finals of major tournaments. She is the reigning Olympic silver medallist, Asian Games silver medallist, and Commonwealth Games silver medallists and has gained the moniker "Silver Queen" in India.
Speaking to India Times, Sindhu explained she was pleased to have finally won gold at the World Championships and to have proven her doubters wrong.
"Many talked about the final phobia, but now that is a thing of the past.
I think I answered it with my racquet and victory. Coming to the finals is one thing. But you win some; you lose some. Losing and winning is a part of life. I came back much stronger and believed in myself which I think is more important
"2019 for me was just like other matches, and I didn't take any extra pressure and gave 100%. The past results didn't even come to my mind. I just thought: 'Okay Sindhu it doesn't matter. Losing or winning is secondary.' I was very focused. I was prepared for each point," she said.
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Sindhu is now looking forward to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo with confidence and the expectation of challenging for the Gold Medal.
In a country obsessed by cricket, PV Sindhu has become the highest-paid Indian female athlete and featured in seventh place on Forbes' 2018 list of the highest-earning female athletes. It is estimated she has an annual income of around £6.6million.
After winning the silver medal in Rio, Sindhu amassed huge numbers of fans in India, and fans mobbed the badminton star as she arrived back in India earlier this week.
India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, was among the first to congratulate Sindhu on her accomplishment this weekend and met with her upon her return.News Now - Sport News