P. V. Sindhu may have won the silver at the Rio Olympics, but her form this month, both on court and off it, has been nothing short of golden. First and foremost, she did what she is best at and cruised through her first round match of the Denmark Open Super Series, which is her first tournament after her Olympic showdown in the finals.
Pitted against China's He Bingjiao, she clinched the match 21-14, 21-15 in her favour to advance to round two, where she will face Sayaka Sato of Japan. Coincidentally, her best performance at a Super Series also happens to be at the Denmark Open last year, where she made it to the finals but finished as runner's up.
"Olympics has given me a lot of confidence and with the same confidence I hope I would go further. Responsibilities will always be high from now on. It's just that I shouldn't take much of pressure and play my game. I just want to go to the court and give my 100 percent," said Sindhu before her departure, in a TOI article.
But here's the deal: the Hyderabadi champion has been winning ever since her nail-biter at Rio, starting by gaining nearly one-and-a-half lakh followers overnight — which is one of Twitter's fastest climbs in follower count — going from 38,600, to 1,70,000 in a clear indication of her nationally and globally soaring popularity. She also set the shutterbugs abuzz over the past one week after delivering a stunning photo shoot for Chennai-based women's magazine JFW.
Safe to say that she has only begun revealing all the tricks up her sleeve, and that she shall continue surpassing our expectations on court, and surprising us off it.
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