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Praise pours in for ‘golden’ girl Sindhu

(From left) P.V. Sindhu’s grandmother, mother P. Vijaya and elder sister with nephew at her residence celebrating her victory in World Badminton Championships on Sunday.

(From left) P.V. Sindhu’s grandmother, mother P. Vijaya and elder sister with nephew at her residence celebrating her victory in World Badminton Championships on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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Shuttler becomes first Indian to win the World Badminton Championships

City’s leading names in the world of sports hailed P.V. Sindhu on becoming the first Indian to clinch gold in the World Badminton Championships.

“It is a fantastic feat. I am very proud of her achievement, which is the result of her hard work, sacrifices by her parents and dedication of her coaches led by Gopi (Pullela Gopichand). She has made the entire country proud with her fabulous achievement. I wish her many more successes,” former cricketer V.V.S. Laxman told The Hindu.

India’s first woman medallist in the World Badminton Championship, G. Jwala, says she was not surprised by Sindhu’s performance.

 

“She proved my point that if an athlete is given the right kind of support on all quarters in terms of coaching and long-term planning, we can produce world champions,” she said.

Dronacharya awardee S.M. Arif, who groomed Sindhu between 2000 and 2004 at his ‘second home’ — L.B. Stadium — said the ace shuttler has helped him realise his dream of seeing a world champion from India.

“I definitely thought this was the best chance for Sindhu to win the championship but never expected her to demolish such a good player like Nozomi Okuhara in the final,” he said.

 

India women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj said Sindhu’s win was an inspirational moment for Indian sports itself. “She made all of us proud and the best part is she never rests on her laurels and always tries to improve,” she said.

Mother overjoyed

The shuttler’s mother, P. Vijaya, said it was the moment they had been waiting for the past three years. “After losing two finals, I just advised Sindhu not to give easy points and stay focussed. I am glad she played brilliantly in the final. Once Sindhu beat Tai Tzu in the quarterfinal, her confidence was on a different level,” she said.

Kudos on Twitter

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal tweeted to congratulate Sindhu on being India’s first world champion in badminton and so did ace shooter Gagan Narang who said the victory was sweet as the yellow medal happens to be the first for the country.

Former World No.1 K. Srikanth called it a masterclass performance by Sindhu. Six-time Grand Slam winner Sania Mirza tweeted: “What a champion you are Sindhu, enjoy the moment (sic)”.

Triple Olympian N. Mukesh Kumar, Atlanta Olympics hockey goalkeeper Edwards Alloysius, former India football captain Victor Amalraj also congratulated Sindhu.

“It has been a truly memorable Sunday for Indian sports,” Mukesh said.

Former APBA secretary K. Ch. Punnaiah Choudhary, who promoted the sport when there was no money at all for decades, hailed Sindhu’s achievement saying it is a red letter day in Indian badminton.

Olympic Association of Telangana president Prof K. Ranga Rao also hailed Sindhu’s “memorable achievement”.

Governor, CM pat

Congratulating Sindhu on the achievement, Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan said the nation feels proud of her “historic achievement” while Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao wished Sindhu claimed more such victories.

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