“It makes me happy because I’ve worked hard for so many years. I had a lot of emotions going through me — should I be happy that I won bronze or sad that I lost the opportunity to play in the final? But overall, I had to close off my emotions for this one match and give it my best. I’m really happy that I’ve done really well,” Sindhu told the BWF website.
The world champion said that she wanted to enjoy the moment. “It’s a proud moment, getting a medal for my country. A lot of Indian fans showed me their love and support and I’m very thankful to each and every one of them. Definitely lots of love and support and kisses.”
Sindhu said that she had to be patient in the playoff as there were long rallies. “It was a fresh game altogether. For us, it was very important that we get a medal for the country at the Olympics. It’s a big thing. There were long rallies. I had to be patient and calm. Even though I was leading, I did not relax,” said Sindhu.
She added that she wants to compete in the next Olympics: “Definitely, yes. I will be there in Paris 2024.”
Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand lauded Sindhu’s victory. “Congrats to our awesome Sindhu on her second successive Olympic medal. While it is all due to the hard work by her and the team of coaches and support staff, I also want to express my gratitude to the support by sports ministry, government, SAI and BAI. I also thank the Telangana government for allowing the stadium for players and great to see badminton win medals in three successive games,” Gopichand said