BIRMINGHAM: Glasgow 2014 bronze, Gold Coast 2018 silver and Birmingham 2022 gold, PV Sindhu finally achieved her dream at the Commonwealth Games.
But the yellow metal has not been easy for Sindhu. It took him three attempts, 13 years of hard work and many sacrifices to win the top prize in the multi-sport event.
Sindhu had won a gold medal in the CWG mixed team event in 2018, but that has eluded him in singles since his Games debut.

But on Monday, the world number seven outscored world No. 13 Michelle Li of Canada 21-15, 21-13 in front of a packed crowd at the NEC Arena to fulfill her long-held dream.
“I’ve been waiting for this (gold) for a long time now. Of course, I’m super happy. “I finally did it. From day one, it was important to keep my pace high and to be confident that I can do it,” a delighted Sindhu said after winning the top honor.
“We’ve waited four years now and we’re finally here. The Commonwealth Games have been really good for me, it was a good tournament.”
Contrary to the final score, Sindhu said defeating Li was not an easy task.

“It was very important to be very focused and on the pace. We know each other’s game. There are no easy points so even though I was leading I made sure I was very focused .”
The two-time Olympic medalist said she will now take a short break to recharge ahead of her next goal – the World Championships – to be held in Tokyo from August 21-28.
“I have the world championships soon so I hope to be the best there. I have to enjoy this moment, take a little break and come back stronger,” Sindhu said.
Sindhu said she can’t wait to get home and celebrate her success with her parents.
“Certainly, I will celebrate. We will just hang out as a team or something. I will go back to India and celebrate with my family members.
“Soon we’re going home and I’m going to celebrate with my parents. They’ve been really supportive of me and they’re back there watching the game. It will really mean the world to meet them, it’ is their hard work and dedication too,” she said.
Lakshya Sen, who won the men’s singles gold medal, rated the CWG medal as one of the “best” of his short international career so far.
“Each of them has its own importance, but this one is one of the best,” said Sen, who has a bronze medal at the World Championships and a gold medal at the Youth Olympics in her kitten.
Sen threw his racquet into the crowd after winning the gold and he said it was just an instant reaction.
“I didn’t really plan it well, it was all just coming to me, I just did it.”
The 20-year-old commuter from Almora lost the opener before pulling through to emerge 19-21, 21-9, 21-16 winner against Malaysia. Ng Tze Young.
“The length was not very good in the first game. In the second game I had a good length and tried to play more freely. It worked. The third game was about keeping the nerves and maintain that three-point lead all the time,” Sen said.
“He (Young) won the first set and he had the advantage or the luxury of not playing that second set and focusing on the third game if he wasn’t doing so well.
“I just focused on getting and maintaining the lead. When I got him I thought, ‘Now I mustn’t give him easy points’, and as I went as the lead grew he gave up the points and that gave me a lot of confidence,” he said.
“The first five, six points were very important. Then he just gave up, he was trying to conserve his energy for the third game because I don’t think he can see any light at the end of the tunnel for the second set. Then he came back very motivated for the third set.”

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