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The year is not over yet, hope to finish on a high: PV Sindhu to India Today

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Much before she became a sports icon, PV Sindhu as a little girl would travel to see her father compete in professional volleyball for India. Both her parents have been national level volleyball players.

Experiencing emotions go yo-yo over wins and losses became a habit. All that sporting spirit now comes in handy in dealing with the title drought this year.

The Rio Olympics silver medalist has been roped in to promote the upcoming Pro Volleyball league. At some level she felt it's her responsibility to help popularise a sport her parents excelled in. "I didn't understand much at the time but I would go to see Dad play. I am very excited about the league" Sindhu said.

Even though Sindhu has not won a title yet, her 2018 cannot be bracketed as poor by any means. She has made five title finals this year. In 2017, she had made six. She does not need to be reminded that each of the five finals this year resulted in losses while she had three titles to show last year.

So glass half full over glass half empty? "I am happy about what I have achieved and the year is not yet over. There's China Open and Hong Kong. So I hope to do well. For the year I think there are three tournaments and then we have our league. So I hope I finish well and end the year on a good note," Sindhu told India Today.

The reluctance to delve into the defeats of the final is visible. Internally, India's leading shutler may have scrutinised each losses over and over again. "It's one of the questions that you have to face. You take it in a good way and work it out and comeback positively," Sindhu replied when asked if the questions affect her.

With two World Championship finals to follow up on her Olympic silver, Sindhu has proven she belongs to the big league. At 23, she has years in hand to overcome the final hurdle.

When clouded by criticism, Sindhu has advice of her sporty parents to fall back on. "A few times when you have lost and are really upset, they can come up to you and say 'there is always next time. You can always do it. You have to keep working hard, overcome your mistakes. Pump yourself up. It's never over until it's over'."

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