PV Sindhu becomes first Indian to win World Championships gold

NEW DELHI: Hail the new queen of world badminton. After waiting in the wilderness for three long years, suffering heart-breaking losses in the finals, PV Sindhu was at her attacking and elegant best as she won the World Championship at Basel on Sunday.

The 24-year-old, finally turned her silver into gold with a clinical performance against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7, 21-7.

Sindhu is the first Indian to achieve this fabulous honour.

Two years after losing to Okuhara and one year after being beaten by Carolina Marin, Sindhu finally achieved the unachievable by an other Indian.

Delighted after winning, Sindhu said, “Last time I lost the finals, before that also I lost finals…and it is very very important to win now. I thank the crowd for supporting me day in and day out.”

The victory could not come to her on a better day, as Sunday is also the birthday of her mother. “I dedicate this medal to my mother it is her birthday. A big thanks to my coach Gopichand and Kim Ji Hyun (Korean coach and my support staff),” Sindhu said.

Sindhu is also the second women shuttler to have five medals and the third to have medals in all three colours.

The first game started with a 22-shot rally, but that was the only moment which gave some hope to Okuhara. Therafter, it was the rampaging Sindhu all the way. She stamped her authority quite early in the match with an eight-point burst to move into 8-1.

A stunned Okhura earned her second point then. But that 8-point burst changed the complexion of the game and later the match.

Sindhu stuck to a strategy of pushing the shuttle to the back of the court and smashing hard whenever she got an opportunity. Okuhara tried to drag her near the net but Sindhu was up to it as she retrieved quite well at the net. At 16-4 Sindhu produced a delightful crosscourt drop which kissed and moved down the net.

Okuhara tried to get as many points as possible so that the gap is not too big in the scoreline. But that did not work as Sindhu was bent upon closing the contest as fast as possible and knock her opponent out of the contest.

The first game ended with a power-packed smash that almost hit Okuhara.

The second game went on the same lines. Though Okuhara tried hard to stay, Sindhu had raised her game to unexpected levels and took the opponent by the scruff of the neck.

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