Commonwealth Games 2018: PV Sindhu hopes to be fit in time to lead India’s medal rush | other sports

PV Sindhu settled for a bronze in the 2014 Commonwealth Games after losing in the semifinals to Canada’s Michelle Li.

Struck by an ankle sprain previous to the Commonwealth Video games, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu hoped to regain peak health earlier than the beginning of particular person occasions and warranted India will return with a number of medals.

Sindhu had suffered a sprain on her proper ankle whereas practising on the Gopichand Academy on Tuesday however scans confirmed no damage to the bone or ligament, a lot to the aid of Indian contingent and followers.

“Preparation clever all the pieces has been happening properly for me. In fact, sadly, I sprained my ankle a bit however I believe I needs to be superb by the point the Video games begins, I hope I will likely be utterly match by then,” the 22-year-old Indian instructed PTI.

4 years in the past, Sindhu had hoped of retaining the ladies’s singles gold that Saina Nehwal received for India for the primary time within the Delhi version. Nevertheless, the yellow metallic eluded her and she or he settled for a bronze after dropping within the semifinals to Canada’s Michelle Li.

Quite a bit has modified since then and Sindhu is at present India’s high shuttler and a major contender for the gold medal at CWG, given the sphere which is nothing in comparison with the Tremendous Sequence tournaments that she performs all year long.

“Final time I had a bronze and this time I wish to do properly and provides my finest. I can’t inform a specific quantity however positively we’ll get loads of medals this time,” she stated.

At Glasgow CWG, Sindhu had entered the event as a 18-year-old who had turn out to be the primary Indian girl to win a medal on the World Championship. Although she settled for bronze within the occasion, she went on so as to add one other bronze on the 2014 Copenhagen World Championship.

The next yr, Sindhu reached the finals at Denmark Open after which clinched her third successive title at Macau Open. Nevertheless, these had been mere trailers of what was to come back subsequent.

Sindhu merely exploded in 2016 when she clinched India’s first silver medal in badminton at Olympics and have become the toast of the nation along with her title on the China Open. She additionally received the Malaysia Masters early in that yr.

Catapulted to the highest echelon of sports activities, Sindhu continued her run as she clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, India Open and Korea Open in a highly-successful 2017.

Nevertheless, the reminiscence that stayed within the minds of badminton aficionados was the epic 110-minute battle with Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara on the Glasgow World Championship ultimate which ended with a loss for the Indian, although her grit and health and appreciated by all.

Whereas she received these titles, there have been disappointments in retailer in Hong Kong and Dubai Tremendous Sequence Ultimate the place, regardless of taking part in her coronary heart out, she couldn’t win titles, dropping within the ultimate hurdle by a whisker.

The jinx continued at India Open this yr the place she misplaced within the ultimate to USA’s Beiwen Zhang after which suffered one more heartbreaking loss within the finals of All England Championship early in March.

Being the highest sports activities individual from the nation, Sindhu is conscious that expectations will likely be at an all-time excessive at Gold Coast however the shuttler, like all the time, simply needs to remain match and provides her finest with out dropping sleep over the outcomes.

“The tasks are excessive, everybody needs me to win and I’ve to provide my finest and play my sport and mechanically you’ll do properly,” was her transient reply to her prospect at CWG.

If Sindhu can win the gold medal it will be one more jewel in her crown. PTI ATK AH AH

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