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I need to work harder: Sindhu

Viswanathan Anand, Pullela Gopichand, PV Sindhu and Geet Sethi during a felicitation in Mumbai on Wednesday. (PTI)

Mumbai: Becoming the first Indian shuttler to win an Olympic silver medal, PV Sindhu feels the limelight would now be on her and she needs to work harder with the added responsibility of living up to her new-found stature.

"From now on, responsibilities and expectations are high and everyone's eyes are on me. This is just the beginning and I need to work harder," said Sindhu after she was felicitated here, along with national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, by Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ).

"I feel very happy with my achievements. I was able to win back-to-back world championship medals. When I won that first bronze medal (in the world championship), I started to get recognised.

"And now responsibilities are high. Olympics is something which comes once in four years. There is a lot more to go," said the 21-year-old from Hyderabad.

Sindhu lost to Spain's reigning world champion and top seed Carolina Marin in three games in a pulsating final to settle for second place in women's singles at last month's Rio Games, which was the young shuttler's first appearance in the quadrennial multi-sports spectacle.

"I am very happy. OGQ gave me great support at all times since I was 15. The infrastructure at the Gopichand Academy has been phenomenal. What we have is more than enough," said Sindhu.


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