Former champion PV Sindhu will not head to Tokyo for the BWF World Championships 2022, starting August 21 after suffering an injury during her Commonwealth Games 2022 campaign in Birmingham. Sindhu took to social media to confirm she had suffered a stress fracture on her left foot during the CWG and was pulling out of the world meet in the Japanese capital.
“While I am on the high of winning a Gold medal at the CWG for India, unfortunately, I have to pull out of the World Championships,” Sindhu said in a tweet on Saturday.
PV Sindhu was seen playing with taping on her left leg during the women’s singles final at the Commonwealth Games against Michelle Li of Canada. Sindhu battled through pain to win the gold medal match 21-15, 21-13 and complete the full set of Commonwealth Games medals by finishing on the top step of the podium for the first time.
Sindhu was pushed to the limits in the quarter-finals against Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei as she needed 3 games to get through to the last-four round. Sindhu also played a crucial role in the mixed team event as she led India’s run to a silver medal finish.
REST FOR FEW WEEKS
Sindhu, in her statement, revealed after her return from Birmingham that she had played the quarter-final, semi-final and the final of the women’s singles event with pain.
“I felt pain and there was an injury scare at the quarter-finals of the CWG, but with the help of my coach, physio and trainer, I decided to push as far as I could,” Sindhu said.
“The pain was unbearable during and post the finals. Hence I rushed for an MRI scan as soon as I got back to Hyderabad. The doctors confirmed a stress fracture on my left foot and recommended bed rest for a few weeks. I should be back to training in a few weeks,” she added.
Sindhu had been in good run, winning the Singapore Open before she the success at the Commonwealth Games.
— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) August 13, 2022
Sindhu, who won the World Championships Gold medal in 2019, was handed a tough draw as she was projected to face World No. 3 An Se Young of Korea in the quarter-finals.
She has not managed to beat the South Korean sensation in 5 meetings on the tour. Sindhu has lost to An twice this year, which includes a straight-game defeat in the group stage of Uber Cup in May. in fact, Sindhu has not managed to take a game against An in any of their 5 meetings.
Sindhu is one of the most successful Indian shuttlers at the World Championships, having won a Gold, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals at the premier tournament.