Come to think of it, what is left for her to achieve? Is there any tournament in which Sindhu does not have a medal to her name? Two Olympic medals, two Asian Games medals, four Commonwealth Games medals and five World Championship medals amid a stellar performance.
Yet, if you observe it closely, there is an innate hunger for more. More top finishes, more publicity. Naturally, she expected CWG Mixed team gold late Tuesday evening. After all, India was the defending champion in the event. A silver, therefore, seemed less than she expected.
“I am happy, but unfortunately we did not win the gold medal,” Sindhu said after India lost 1-3 to Malaysia in the mixed team gold medal match. The loss rankled Sindhu as she held her own in women’s singles beating Goh Jin Wei 21-17, 22-20, but the rest could not come up with their ‘A game’ on the day.
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The first three matches of the tie involved India’s vaunted men’s doubles pair Sattvic Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag ShettySindhu and World Championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth In men’s singles. The Indian camp actually expected to wrap up the gold medal after the first three matches.
“We fielded a very strong team for the final. Just look at the first three matches. Maybe, it wasn’t our day,” Sindhu said.
Quite unexpectedly, Satwik and Chirag never found their coveted “top gear” and lost 18-21, 15-21 to Aaron Chia Teng Fong and Soh Wooi Yick. Sindhu then leveled the tie, but despite a brilliant performance, Srikanth could not defeat world number 42 Ng Tze Yong 19-21, 21-6, 16-21. With Malaysia leading 2-1, the onus was on the women’s doubles pair to bring India back into the tie. Trisa Jolie And Gayatri Gopichand Pullela.
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But Malaysia’s Muralidharan Thinah and Koong Le Pearly Tan proved too strong and won 21-18, 21-17. “Well, I gave my team a point. The men’s singles and doubles did not go our way. They tried their best but only one could win,” Sindhu said.
Like any top athlete, Sindhu is a firm believer in “processes”. He asks her to focus on personal events. Sindhu, who won the silver after losing in the 2018 Gold Coast Saina Nehwal In the women’s singles final, now looking to turn it into gold. For a player of Sindhu’s calibre, the CWG silver is an anomaly, the gold she deserves.
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“Hope for the best and hope for gold but it’s important to give my best in every match,” she said. “It won’t be easy because it depends on the particular day. Because I know the conditions, how they are, they keep changing, so it’s important to focus.”