India is a sports-loving country. With an increase in the use of the internet, awareness of people in sports like badminton has increased after cricket. All thanks to sports stars like PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, because of their achievements, people noticed the sport.
The 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang are starting this weekend and Indians have high expectations from sports people especially Badminton stars.
Sindhu lost 21-19, 21-10 in the final and had to settle for a silver medal for the second straight time in World Championships, while Marin won the Gold medal.
She has recently said that she would make a strong comeback and her focus is on taking out the positives from the tournament.
"Anybody would want to see their selves getting a gold medal but I did my best. At the end of the day, one should win and one should lose. She (Marin) also did well. But I think I should not take it in a bad way. I will have to take the positive things, but definitely work on my mistakes and come back stronger," Sindhu said.
She needs to forget her defeat to Carolina Marin in Nanjing. Having lost four major finals, Sindhu would be keen to break the jinx.
Saina, who had clinched a silver and a bronze at the 2015 and 2017 editions, downed 2013 champion Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand 21-16 21-19 to set up a meeting with the Olympic champion and two-time world champion, Carolina Marin of Spain.
However, Saina, the 10th seed, was outclassed by Spanish seventh seed and two-time world champion Carolina Marin, who cruised to a 21-6, 21-11 victory in 31 minutes to move into the last four round. Saina would have to forget her losing game and play fresh in the Asian Games.
India's Kidambi Srikanth entered the second round of the World Badminton Championship 2018 beating Nhat Nguyen in straight games 21-15, 21-16.
However, he was soon out of the World Cup race. He too would have to play fresh minded and make India proud once again.
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