Vinesh Phogat, Asian Games champion, claimed that the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) played a key role in her winning a gold medal at the Asian Games held at Jakarta, Indonesia last August-September 2018.
Stressing on the point, Vinesh said, "PWL gave me the opportunity to wrestle with some really good wrestlers, which eventually stood me in good stead during the Asian Games. I will tell you why I am saying so.
I played Sun Yanan of China twice in PWL-3 and lost on both occasions. But I learnt a lot from those defeats. And when I learnt that I am facing Yanan in the opening bout of the Asian Games, I told myself that come what may, I shouldn't commit the same mistakes again," the star wrestler added.
The strategy that I adopted against Yanan during that match turned out to be spot on and I was able to win that bout quite comfortably in the end," stated the 24-year-old who later became the first Indian woman to attain a wrestling gold at the Asiad.
Ahead of the fourth and upcoming PWL season, Vinesh said she doesn't want to be complacent and respects each and every wrestler in the competition despite getting the better of them in the past.
"However, I am sure I will have tough competition from last year's winner and world champion Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus. I have never fought against her as we both were in the same team last year and she was also competing in a different weight category in the international arena. But this time, she is in my category and I will have to be at my best against her," she said.
"Though we have never competed at the international level, we were teammates last year but this year she is my rival," Vinesh added.
Vinesh featured for Delhi Sultans in the first edition and for UP Dangal last year. She also clinched the Best Wrestler's title in the previous edition.
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