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“I have learnt a lot more from my losses”: says world champion PV Sindhu

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: What makes someone a champion is the fact that they strive to continuously improve. Similarly, World badminton champion PV Sindhu didn’t sit back when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year due to the outbreak of Corona virus, but she instead utilised the free time to work on rectifying her mistakes.

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However, her return to the court at the Thailand Open badly crashed in the first round, but as per the ace Indian shuttler losses remind her of the need to come back stronger the next time.

“I learnt a lot last year. The first thing was patience because we had no tournaments for a couple of months. We couldn’t step out or play badminton, and we needed to have patience,” Sindhu said during her realization time amid corona pandemic on the sets of a ‘Young Genius, as a celebrity guest.

“I spent a lot more time with my family because (earlier) all the time was spent travelling to tournaments and back. This was the first time I spent a lot more time with my family. I was training at home. One thing I’ve learned is patience, and being positive all the time,” added the world champion, on whose life a biopic is currently under development.

Sindhu further stated, “Last year around March and April, we were getting ready for the Olympics. Unfortunately, that got postponed. I was a bit sad, but then I took it in a positive way thinking I now had a lot more time to learn, rectify my mistakes and work on my strokes’. So, that way (I learnt) to stay positive and move forward.”

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To note, the Tokyo Olympics which were to be held in July-August last year, got delayed because of the pandemic, but with things getting back to normal, Sindhu returned to the badminton court at the Thailand Open, which however, didn’t go well for her. Sindhu lost the opening round of tournament to Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt. It was her first tournament since the All England Open in March last year.

“I am excited to be back on court,” noted the Rio Olympic silver medallist, adding that she is “just focusing on my badminton right now”.

The 25-year-old world champion holds losses as important as wins.

“I would like to say to all the young juniors that parental support is very important. When I started playing badminton, my parents supported me a lot. And (I feel parents) need to understand what their kid is interested in and support them in that particular thing.”

“(Another thing is) When you start, you lose some and you win some. When you lose, there is always a sad thing (because) you always want to win. That doesn’t happen. But you will learn a lot more from your losses,” she said.

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“I have learnt a lot more from my losses, and you need to come back stronger the next time,” she asserted.

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