“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,” Pusarla told fans in a social media statement on 13 August.
Following a fortuitous trip to Birmingham, the 27-year-old said she was in pain before and during the final.
— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) August 13, 2022
“I felt pain and there was an injury scare before the quarterfinals of the CWG, but with the help of my coach, physio and trainer, I decided to push as far as I could,” she added.
Following an MRI, a medical team confirmed a stress fracture in her left foot and has since recommended the two-time Olympic medallist bed rest.
The world No.7 was hoping to add another world championships gold to her mantelpiece, given her spectacular form in 2022 after scooping titles at the Singapore Open, Swiss Open and the Syed Modi International 2022.