PV Sindhu beats Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 to win gold in the World Badminton Championships 2019.
P.V. Sindhu is the toast of India. The lanky Hyderabad girl went one better than her 2 time silver medal to thrash Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 to clinch India’s first ever gold at the BWF World championship in Basel, Switzerland here this evening.
24-year-old also becomes first Indian to win World Badminton Championships gold. The victory comes after settling for silver in the last two years.
It was Sindhu’s fifth World Championships medal. The Hyderabad based badminton champion said she dedicates this award to her mom. “It’s her birthday today. Happy birthday mom,” PV Sindhu said after the final in Basel on Sunday.
Sindhu had reached the final in 2017 and 2018 but ended second best on both occassions.
“Last time, I lost in the final, before that also I lost in the final, so it is a very important win for me. I want to thank the crowd for supporting me. I won it for my country and I am very proud being an Indian,” said Sindhu.
Sindhu with a win over Chen You Fri of China also in straight games in the semi finals was a picture of confidence and began with a flurry of winners.
Nozomi the world number 4, who normally returns all that is thrown at her had no answer on this day against the steep and telling smashes that the Indian unleashed. Nozomi also compounded her woes with a few negatives of her own.
“Thanks to my coach Kim [Ji Hyun] and Gopi sir and all the support staff,” Sindhu added.
According to sports analysts, World No. 19 Sai Praneeth became only the second Indian men’s singles shuttler after Prakash Padukone in 1983 to win a medal at the world meet.
Sindhu’s victory was doubly sweet as India’s other hopeful B Sai Praneeth, coming a cropper against world champion Kento Momota of Japan; 21-13,21-8 to end up with a bronze.