Happy to end season on a high: Sindhu
New Delhi: After successfully defending her title at the Macau Open, India's teen sensation P V Sindhu today said she was happy to win her first title of the year and end the season on a high.
Two-time World Championship bronze medallist, Sindhu outplayed Kim Hyo Min of Korea 21-12 21-17 in the summit clash that lasted 45 minutes at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion.
"It was a good win. She played really well. I knew it won't be easy. She had beaten some good players coming into the finals. The scoreline might say it was a straight game win but it was tough. I am happy I could play my game and I am happy with my performance," Sindhu told PTI.
"It has been a good year for me. I beat some very good players and won some important medals in big events such as World Championship and Asian Games. I will look to work harder and do better next year," she said.
Talking about the losses this year, Sindhu said: "There are some defeats which will always bother you as a player like the loss at Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. At Glasgow, gold medal was for the taking but I could not do it.
"Also at Asian Games, I could have won but I guess that is part and parcel of the game. Good thing is that I came back to do well at the World Championship," she added.
Chief National coach Pullela Gopichand also heaped praise on Sindhu for defending her women's singles title at Macau Open and said it was her consistency which helped her to do well this season.
"It is a good win for Sindhu. She played really well. I think she has been very consistent throughout the year. She beat some good players such as Michelle Li and Busanan (Ongbumrungpan) getting into the finals. The Korean also beat Sun Yu to get into final. More importantly what she showed on court was good. She was sharp," said Gopichand.
"We have seen her play in Korea. She played in the Asian Games. She had beaten P C Thulasi. We knew she is good. She had beaten some good players like (Nichaon) Jindapon. It was a tough match and a good quality match. Both the players played brilliantly," he said.