Indian women are doing fantastically well in competitive sport on the international scene, thanks to a whole host of stars in tennis, badminton, athletics, gymnastics and what not.
The shining star in the spotlight is the new queen of Indian badminton 21 year old P.V.Sindhu. A metamorphic change on court in just about a year or two, from a soft-spoken & talented, slightly shy lass to the aggressive outlook female with grit and determination to be a world champ, shone through on Sunday.
In the maiden Yonex Sunrise India Open 2017, that concluded on 2nd April, at New Delhi, she defeated World No.1 Carolina Marin in straight games thanks to a much improved game since the Olympics, a surge of confidence and backed by a packed Siri Fort stadium crowd.
Sweet revenge for the loss to Marin in the Olympics final in Brazil, the changed demeanor and willingness to attack in this tournament final showed the tremendous improvement since, which fetched her the title and an increased fan following.
The MetLife BWF World Super series is a circuit of 12 tournaments attracting the top 32 world ranked players in singles (men’s and women’s) and doubles (men’s, women’s and mixed).
The 12 legs of the series (eight in Asia, three in Europe and one in Oceania) lead to a finals – the best of the best. The top eight in each discipline qualify to compete in the season finale – the Dubai World Superseries Finals.
Inaugurated in 2007, the BWF World Superseries attracts all the star quality players on the international circuit and generates significant television coverage globally. The Series is a two-tier circuit, where five of the World Superseries events are “Premier” events with higher ranking points and prize money.
Of significance in Sindhu’s win is:
- As part of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Super series tournaments, it gives a tremendous boost to Sindhu’s current world ranking, which could be third or second.
- The change of play with extended reach, using height to advantage, taking the shuttle early on in its flight are what gave her the edge over an experienced & aggressive opponent like Marin in a pressure-packed final.
- Saina Nehwal lost to her in the quarter final, thanks to a spate of operations on her knee that has troubled her since the last year or two, but that means India has not lost its position in world women badminton rankings, with Sindhu taking over to carry on the fight.
- Her sense of professionalism is intact, thanks to her coach P.Gopichand, who has made her what she is, and instilled in her a confidence that is needed in international outings such as these.
Humility and sportsmanship are very much part of P.V.Sindhu as a person and may it always remain a part of her; evident in her friendly gestures after the Olympics final on court and the recently concluded India Open 2017 final on the podium.
True hallmarks of a good human being!