By Sudipto Ganguly
MUMBAI (Reuters) – called a "silver girl" for a string of nearly missed acts on the international stage, India's Pusarla Sindhu hopes to finally throw this unwanted coin after being taken over
Sindhu Becomes India's First Badminton Champion When He Beat Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 to Win Women's Singles in Basel on Sunday, a victory that also boosted the nation's hopes for an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo next year.
After completing the runner-up in the 2016 Olympics, last year's Community and Asian Games and the previous two World Cup finals, Sindhu is pleased to take the podium.
“I've been expecting this for a long time. This is definitely a proud moment for me and India. Many people have been waiting, "the 24-year-old from Hyderabad told reporters.
" This is my answer to people who have asked me questions over and over. I just wanted to answer with my rocket and this victory ̵
Sindhu played in five other finals last year, without winning any of them, raising questions about her mental strength.
In Switzerland, however, she eliminated any doubts about her play by raining one fierce blow after another on Okuhara to complete the match in 38 minutes. "
" I had horns when I heard them say "World Champion" and when the national anthem was played and I saw the Indian flag was raised, "said Sindhu emotionally. "There are really no words to describe it"
While India's field hockey team has won eight Olympic titles, shooter Abhinav Bindra remains the only individual gold medalist in the nation of 1.3 billion to starve in top sports successes beyond cricket.
With his silver medal from Rio, Sindhu is already the most successful Olympian in India, though he has no intention of resting on his laurels.
"Well, one goal has been achieved and the next one is there – the Olympics," she told the Hindus. "I'm really going to work hard and prepare to win that too by doing well in the Super Series on the eve of the Tokyo Games next year."
Away from the court, Sindhu also struck gold – she was tied for 13th on the Forbes list of highest paid athletes in the last year with $ 5.5 million.
The sports marketing marketing firm Baseline Ventures, which runs Sindhu, stated that the athlete currently supports 14 brands and its out-of-court profits, cricket captain Virat Kohli, among the country's sports elite.
"There will be many more people who will be potentially interested," Baseline managing director Tukhin Mishra told Reuters.
"Sindhu commands a certain price and many sponsors are already with her because of her qualities.
"This is not a flash in the pan, as many factors play for sponsors."
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)