Shuttler PV Sindhu created history on Sunday, becoming the only Indian woman athlete to win two Olympic medals.
Sindhu's mother PV Vijaya said the shuttler was disappointed after losing the semi-final on Saturday, but it was impressive to see how she bounced back in the bronze medal match.
Sindhu defeated China's He Bing Jiao in the bronze medal match at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 1. "I am feeling very happy, in Rio she got silver and this time it is bronze. We are very happy. We have plans; we will celebrate nicely. Yesterday, she was a little upset, we told her to relax and play the bronze medal match to her potential," Sindhu's mother Vijaya told ANI.
Sindhu defeated Bing Jiao 21-13, 21-15 in the bronze medal match that lasted for 52 minutes. Sindhu had earlier returned with a silver medal at the Rio Olympics 2016.
"Firstly, I shall thank Park (her South Korean coach Park Tae Sang) who has taken great pain, the government of India, BAI, her supporters, everybody has given her encouragement, I am grateful to the media also," Ramana told reporters.
"I am happy that she is the first Indian woman to win two consecutive medals at the Olympics--bronze and a silver. That way she has brought name and for the country.
"Though the pressure is there I am happy that she has won a medal for the country. Because generally what happens is that playing the third and fourth match is a painful match, yesterday I motivated her a lot," said Sindhu's father PV Ramana said.
"I am extremely happy, two medals in two Olympics, it is not an easy task for any player. To maintain the fitness and come up to expectation of a nation, I am thankful to the Government of India and all the officials. I just told her yesterday to do hard work and keep on marching ahead. I told her how she can create history by winning bronze. I just told her to take it as a gift for me," Ramana added.