In addition to being one of the top shuttlers in India, if not the best, PV Sindhu is also one of the most well-known athletes in the world. After winning her first solo gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in women’s singles badminton, the world’s seventh-ranked player won praise from all corners of the globe. Among those enthralled by Sindhu’s prowess on the badminton court was David Warner, the starting middle for Australia. The left-hander praised the Indian shuttler on Instagram for her accomplishments in Birmingham.

“Good job, @pvsindhu1!” incredible accomplishment, finished,” Warner posted on Instagram with a picture of Sindhu sporting the gold medal. Candice, Warner’s wife, saw the message and responded. She wrote, “So nice.

The two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu had won gold in the mixed team competition at the CWG in 2018, but she had not achieved it in the singles competition since making her Games debut in 2014.

The world number seven, however, defeated Canadian Michelle Li, who was rated 13th, on Monday. In front of a raucous audience at the NEC stadium, she realized a lifelong ambition by winning 21-15, and 21-13.

“I’ve been looking forward to this (gold) for a while. Of course, I’m ecstatic. Finally, I completed it. I needed to maintain a fast pace and have faith in my abilities from the start, said a delighted Sindhu after winning the top prize.

“After four years of waiting, we have arrived. I had a great time at the Commonwealth Games; it was a great competition.

Despite the final result, Sindhu said that defeating Li was not a simple assignment.

“It was crucial to maintain rhythm and concentration. Everybody’s game is known to us. There are no easy points so even though I was leading I made sure I was very focused.”