“It’s Not Easy”: Olympic Silver Medalist Draws Admiration From Serena Williams and Roger Federer’s Career

Published 07/26/2021, 6:32 AM EDT
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 20: (L-R) Serena Williams of the United States speaks to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Stadium Court at the Hard Rock Stadium, before the first match of the Miami Open on March 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


Indian badminton ace, PV Sindhu has revealed her idols in the sports world. The Indian star admires the class of Roger Federer and Serena Williams, along with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. The 2016 Rio Olympics Silver medalist has gotten a comprehensive start to her Tokyo campaign.

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Sindhu won the 2016 Olympic silver medal in Rio in badminton women’s singles. She lost to then Spanish World No. 1, Carolina Marin, and settled for a silver.

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Tennis legends inspire PV Sindhu to do better

It is not an uncommon practice to take inspiration from athletes playing different sports. Sindhu, too, has described her idols from tennis and soccer. However, Sindhu’s two tennis idols, Serena Williams and Roger Federer, are not playing at the Tokyo Olympics.

Serena believes she can do it, being a woman, being a mother. She’s done exceptionally well, she’s a strong woman. Whereas, Federer, is another legend. Maintaining that level till now, at his age, is not easy. He’s been there at the top,” Sindhu said.

In Tokyo, Sindhu has won her first-round match against Ksenia Polikarpova of Israel with ease. She won 21-7, 21-10 and will be looking to continue her fine form.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 6, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her fourth round match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Serena Williams and Roger Federer’s 2021 filled with injuries

Serena Williams injured her ankle during her first-round match at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships. She slipped on the court and could not continue playing, as a result of which she withdrew from the tournament. It was a major upset, as she is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title at the age of 39.

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On the other hand, Federer’s injury knee injury has been haunting him over the past two years. The Swiss star lost against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland at the Wimbledon Championships. He withdrew from the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on his recovery and come back strong at the US Open.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville

The two veterans will keep inspiring young athletes all over the world. They will be making an on-court come back soon and will want to win a major title to add to their legacy.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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