By Sudipto Ganguly
MUMBAI (Reuters) – The Indian Pusarla Sindhu hopes to finally get rid of this unwanted nickname after the conquest of her first world badminton champion title at the weekend.
Sindhu became India's first badminton world champion when she won 21-7 21-7 on Sunday against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara, which also boosted the nation's hopes for an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo next year.
After finishing second at the 2016 Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games last year and the last two finals of the World Cup, Sindhu was happy to be at the top of the podium.
I expected that for a long time. It is definitely a proud moment for me and for India. Many people have been waiting, "said the 24-year-old from Hyderabad to reporters.
"This is my answer to the people who kept asking me questions. I just wanted to answer with my bat and that victory ̵
Sindhu played in five more finals last year without winning any of them, raising questions about her mental strength.
In Switzerland, however, she has left her in no doubt about her game, dropping one hit after another on Okuhara to finish the match in 38 minutes.
"I had goose bumps when she & # 39; world champion & # 39; said and when the national anthem was played and I saw the Indian flag is hoisted, "said an emotional Sindhu. "There are really no words to describe that."
While the Indian ice hockey team has won eight Olympic titles, Sagittarius Abhinav Bindra remains the country's only gold medalist with 1.3 billion inhabitants.
With her silver medal from Rio Sindhu is already the most successful Olympic champion of India, although she does not intend to rest on her laurels.
"Well, one goal has been reached and the next is here – Olympiad, you told the Hindu newspaper. "I'm going to work really hard and prepare myself to win that title by doing well in the run-up to the Tokyo Games next year in the Super Series."
Sindhu has also beaten gold off-field – that's it The sports marketing company Baseline Ventures, which manages Sindhu, said the athlete currently advocates only 14 brands and their out-of-court earnings route cricket captain Virat Kohli in the country's sports elite.
"There will be many more people who will potentially be interested," Bashin's executive director Tuhin Mishra told Reuters.
"Sindhu has a certain price and many sponsors." are already with her because of her qualities.
"There is no lightning in the pan, as there are many factors in the game for the sponsors."
(edited by Peter Rutherford)