Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, 24, made history on August 25 when she became the first Indian shuttler to clinch the coveted World Championships crown. The 2016 Olympic silver medallist had bagged the World Championships bronze in 2013 and 2014, silver in 2017 and 2018, and topped it with gold by routing Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7, 21-7 in a lopsided final at St Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland. Sindhu spoke to Qaiser Mohammad Ali in an exclusive interview. Excerpts:
Your third consecutive World Championships final would have been a bigger mental challenge as the pressure of losing two straight finals would have been at the back of your mind. How did you overcome your two opponents—Nozomi Okuhara and the pressure of avoiding a third consecutive defeat?
Well, I never felt that [pressure] in my mind when I was playing the final. This time, I thought, I will give my best and play my [natural] game. Winning and losing is secondary. And I played the same way and won. I am very happy.