P.V. Sindhu Vows Strong Comeback After Asian Games Quarters Loss
P.V. Sindhu vows to come back stronger after Asian Games loss, emphasizes perseverance, positivity, and evolving her game.
Two-time Olympic medalist and former World champion P.V. Sindhu suffered a quarterfinal defeat in the women’s singles competition at the Asian Games. She expressed her determination to bounce back after a challenging season.
Sindhu faced a straight-game defeat against her familiar rival, China’s He Bingjiao, with a score of 16-21, 12-21. This loss meant that India couldn’t secure a medal in the Team competition either. In the 2018 edition in Indonesia, Sindhu had won two medals, a silver in women’s singles and a bronze in the Team competition.
“It’s tough to accept the loss, but I’m making progress, which feels positive. The match could have been closer. I made a few mistakes, that’s what I believe. Overall, it was a good game. Quarterfinals demand relentless effort for every point,” said the 28-year-old Indian during a media interaction after her quarterfinal exit.
“However, I’m pleased with my gradual improvement. I’ll continue working hard to return stronger; that’s the key,” Sindhu added.
Sindhu’s form slumped following an injury she sustained during the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where she clinched the gold medal.
She emphasized the importance of taking one step at a time and putting in persistent effort during such challenging phases. “There are moments, especially after an injury, when doubts creep in. You question if you can make a comeback. But the crucial thing is to persevere, take it day by day, and keep pushing hard. It’s easy to say, even if there are setbacks. Despite numerous victories, losses can be disheartening. However, you must persist, work diligently, and return stronger,” she remarked.
“I have faith in my abilities,” she affirmed.
Sindhu highlighted the significance of maintaining a positive and supportive environment during such times, stating that she is fortunate to have such an atmosphere around her. “Positivity is essential—nothing less. I’m confident I’ll make a successful comeback,” she added.
She also mentioned her continuous efforts to adapt and evolve her game, emphasizing the need for ongoing improvement.
In preparation for the Asian Games, Sindhu had taken a break from the game by missing a couple of tournaments but is now determined to return and make a strong comeback in the upcoming season.