CWG 2022: Zen-like Sindhu seeks singles gold after mixed team defeat | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Win or lose, PV Sindhu is almost never baffled these days. She seems to be in a zen-like situation whether she’s conducting interviews, her answers monotonous, or before that, suppressing the challenge on the court with just that touch of aggression.
Come to think of it, what else does she have to accomplish? Is there a tournament where Sindhu doesn’t have a medal to her name? Two Olympic medals, two Asian Games medals, four Commonwealth Games medals and five World Championship medals among a plethora of glorious achievements.

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But if you observe her closely, there is an innate hunger for more. More top finishes, more eminence. Of course she expected the CWG mixed team gold late Tuesday night. After all, the India was the defending champion in the event. So a silver seemed to be below expectations she had.
“I’m happy, but unfortunately we couldn’t make it to the gold,” Sindhu said after India lost 1-3 to Malaysia in the mixed team gold medal match. The loss annoyed Sindhu as she did her part by beating Goh Jin Wei in women’s singles 21-17, 22-20, but the rest couldn’t come up with their ‘A Game’ on the day.

The first three games of the draw involved India’s vaunted men’s doubles Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag ShettySindhu, and World Cup silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth in men’s singles. The Indian camp actually expected to take the gold medal after the first three games.
“We have prepared a very strong team for the final. Just look at the first three games. Maybe it just wasn’t our day,” Sindhu said.
Quite unexpectedly, Satwik and Chirag never found their famous “top tackle” and lost 18-21, 15-21 to Aaron Chia Teng Fong and Soh Wooi Yik. Sindhu then tied the score, but despite a stellar performance, Srikanth couldn’t get past the world’s number 42 Ng Tze Yong, losing 19-21, 21-6, 16-21. With Malaysia leading 2-1, the responsibility to bring India back to the top of the women’s doubles pair was the responsibility Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela.

But Malaysians Muralitharan Thinaah and Koong Le Pearly Tan proved too strong and won 21-18, 21-17. “Well, I gave my team a point. The men’s singles and doubles didn’t go the way we wanted. They tried their best, but only one can win,” Sindhu said.
Like any elite athlete, Sindhu is a big proponent of “processes”. It calls her to focus on the individual events. Sindhu, who won silver in Gold Coast in 2018 after losing to Saina Nehwal in the women’s singles final, now wants to turn it into gold. For a player of Sindhu’s caliber, CWG silver is an incongruity, it’s the gold she deserves.

“I hope for the best and hope for the gold, but it’s important to give my best in every game,” she said. “It’s not going to be easy because it depends on that particular day. Because I know the conditions, how they are, they keep changing, so it’s important to be focused.”

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