RIO DE JANERIO-- Shuttler P V Sindhu said she is happy to win a silver in women's singles badminton following a nail-biting match which saw her spar with two-time World Champion Carolina Marin.
"I ended up with silver medal but am really happy," said Sindhu moments after losing her final clash 21-19 12-21 15-21 against Marin at the Rio Olympics.
"I'm really proud about it. I'm really happy. I could not win the gold. But I really worked hard. It was anybody's game.
"A day before a girl has got a bronze, it's me now. We have all played well. There will be ups and downs in sport like in life. Losing one or two points. I would like to congratulate everyone. It's been a great week for me."
Sindhu also praised Marin on her Olympic gold.
"I also congratulate Carolina. It's been a wonderful week for me. It's anybody's aim to win a medal at the Olympics."
Talking about the final match, Sindhu said: "In today's match both players were attacking and playing aggressive on court. One has to win and one has to lose. It was her day on centre court today."
The 21-year-old from Hyderabad said bright days are ahead for Indian badminton.
"Future is good definitely. There are are many players coming up, and many more will succeed. Badminton is doing really well in India. In mens's singles Srikanth lost very closely," she said.
Speaking to ANI, Sindhu said, "I dedicate this medal to my Coach and my parents. I think I'm here today because of him (Coach Gopichand). I worked hard and he has been equally working harder & harder."
Sindhu's coach Pullela Gopichand added that though she had lost, she has great potential ahead. "Sindhu is very young, has a huge potential. She's a great athlete,worked really hard & performed at the big stage," he told ANI. He promised that she will come back a stronger, better player.
With inputs from PTI.