PV Sindhu has pulled out of the upcoming BWF World Championships in Japan due to a stress fracture on her left foot.
Sindhu sustained the injury during her Commonwealth Games campaign but played through the pain and won her first singles gold medal. She defeated Michelle Li of Canada 21-15, 21-13 in the final.
"While I am on the high of winning a gold medal at the CWG for India, unfortunately I have to pull out of the World Championships," Sindhu wrote on her social medal accounts.
"I felt pain and there was an injury scare at the quarterfinals of the CWG, but with the help of my coach, physio and trainer, I decided to push as far as I could.
"The pain was unbearable during and post the finals. Hence I rushed for an MRI scan as soon as I got back to Hyderabad. The doctors confirmed a stress fracture on my left foot and recommended rest for a few weeks. I should be back to training in a few weeks," she added.
The BWF World Championships will take place in Tokyo from August 22 to 28.
Sindhu won the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships beating Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the final. At last year's competition, Sindhu lost her quarterfinal match against Tai Tzu-ying.
This year, Sindhu has three titles to her name: the Syed Modi International, the Swiss Open, and the Singapore Open.