P.V. Sindhu put behind her loss to Carolina Marin and said she will cherish her second World championship silver too, adding that she played really well right through despite a very tough draw.
“I should have won the first set after a good start in the final. But I made quite a few mistakes.
“Things would have been different if only I had recovered in time in the second half of that set,” said Sindhu in an exclusive chat with The Hindu from Nanjing (China) on Sunday.
“Winning four medals, including two silver in five World championship appearances, is a record I am really proud off.
“I hope to be the champion one day for sure,” she said.
“I don’t think there was any pressure on me facing Marin for the second time in a major final (the last time being in 2016 Rio Olympics). But, yes, I was keen to give it back to her before the start of the final today,” said Sindhu.
What went wrong in the second set? “I was not able to get my strokes in.
“Either they were going out or into the net. And, by the time I could recover, she raced away to a huge lead.
“Marin is a very aggressive player and has her own style. It is always a challenge to take her on in any tournament,” Sindhu said.
“I thought I was pretty close to winning the gold. It is disappointing having come thus far but there are lots of positives for me from this championship.
“I beat some of the best players before making it to the final.
“This should augur well for me ahead of the Asian Games,” she said.