Hyderabad: The parents of P.V. Sindhu, who Friday became the first Indian to reach the women's singles semifinals of the World Badminton Championships, dedicated the 18-year-old's achievement to chief national coach Pullela Gopichand. (All the highlights from Friday's action)
"It feels nice that she is coming up nicely. We gave her all the encouragement we could and she has reached to a level where she is owing to sheer determination. The routine of reaching the academy at 4 a.m in the morning seems to be bearing fruit," P. Vijaya said minutes after her daughter's 21-18, 21-17 win over China's former World No.1 Shixian Wang in Guangzhou, assuring her of at least a bronze medal in the competition.
This will be only the third instance that an Indian will bring home a medal from the Worlds. Prakash Padukone won the men's singles bronze in 1983 at Copenhagen while Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa won another bronze in the women's doubles event in the last edition at London in 2011.