Sindhu had suffered an injury on her right ankle while practising at the Gopichand Academy on Tuesday but scans showed no injury to the bone or ligament.
“Preparation-wise everything has been going on well for me. Of course, unfortunately, I sprained my ankle a bit but I think I should be fine by the time the Games starts, I hope I will be completely fit by then,” the 22-year-old Indian said.
Four years ago, Sindhu had hoped of retaining the women’s singles gold that Saina Nehwal won for India for the first time in the Delhi edition.
Sindhu is currently India’s top shuttler and a prime contender for the gold medal at CWG, given the field which is nothing compared to the Super Series tournaments that she plays throughout the year.
“Last time I had a bronze and this time I want to do well and give my best. I can’t tell a particular number but definitely we will get a lot of medals this time,” she said.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is currently world no in the BWF World Ranking. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal. She is one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal – other being Saina Nehwal. She was also a silver medalist at the 2017 BWF World Championships and, in 2017, became first Indian ever to win Korea Open Super Series.
Sindhu came to international attention when she broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17. In 2013, she became the first ever Indian women’s singles player to win a medal at the Badminton World Championships.
In March 2015, she is the recipient of India’s fourth highest civilian honour, the Padma Shri. Her silver medal win in the women’s singles event of the 2016 Summer Olympics made her the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of an Olympics badminton event and the youngest Indian to make a podium finish in an individual event at the Olympics. She is one among the top five shuttlers in women’ s singles category.
Sindhu simply exploded in 2016 when she clinched India’s first silver medal in badminton at Olympics and became the toast of the country with her title at the China Open. She also won the Malaysia Masters early in that year.
Catapulted to the top echelon of sports, Sindhu continued her run as she clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, India Open and Korea Open in a highly-successful 2017.
However, the memory that stayed in the minds of badminton aficionados was the epic 110-minute battle with Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara at the Glasgow World Championship final which ended with a loss for the Indian, though her grit and fitness and appreciated by all.
Being the top sportsperson from the country, Sindhu is aware that expectations will be at an all-time high at Gold Coast but the shuttler, like always, just wants to stay fit and give her best without losing sleep over the results.
“The responsibilities are high, everyone wants me to win and I have to give my best and play my game and automatically you will do well,” was her brief answer to her prospect at CWG.
If Sindhu can win the gold medal it would be yet another jewel in her crown.