P V Sindhu's run to the Olympic semi-final hasn't happened overnight

Hard work, after all, comes naturally to Sindhu. As a teenager, she used to travel more than 50 km for practice every morning, and always report on time

Shuttler PV Sindhu plays a shot in the  pre-quarter Finals match against Tai Tzu Ying of  Chinese Taipei. Photo: PTI
Shuttler PV Sindhu 

On Wednesday, P V Sindhu must have woken up feeling on her young shoulders the weight of expectations of more than a billion people. That strange awareness that you are your country’s sole medal hope amid an abject campaign comes with its chunk of mental squeeze.  Going by India’s tantalisingly close shaves with a medal at the Rio Olympics — Abhinav Bindra and Dipa Karmakar being the major casualties — this was one match that should have swung the other way. Sindhu and Wang Yihan was one of those tense, overwrought occasions that oscillated frenziedly ...