Each match at Rio Olympics was a challenge: PV Sindhu

New Delhi, Aug 29: Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu on Monday (August 29) said every match at the recently-concluded Games was a challenge for her.

World No.10 Sindhu, who was conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award -- the country's highest sporting honour by President Pranab Mukherjee at a special function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here, defeated higher-ranked opponents in each round to set up the summit clash against World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain.

President Pranab Mukherjee presents Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award to PV Sindhu

"Each match at Rio Olympics was a challenge for me. Always discussed strategies before matches with my coach (Pullela Gopichand)," Sindhu was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Sindhu, at 5 feet 10 and half inch, is comparatively taller than most of her contemporaries but the Hyderabadi reckoned that height is never a factor for shuttlers.

"Height is not a very important aspect for a badminton player," she said.

Sindhu's coach Gopichand, who has produced champions like London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and China Open Superseries winner Kidambi Srikanth, spoke highly of the 21-year-old's on-court attitude.

"Sometimes she used to get emotional, but her attitude in training and on court has been great," Gopichand said.

"As a coach, I have nothing to complain about Sindhu," he added.


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