Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has now become the first Indian badminton player ever to win a gold medal at the BWF World Championships as she defeated Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight games. Third time lucky Sindhu is also now the joint-most successful women’s singles player in this world tournament, having won as many as 5 medals in 6 appearances.
Sindhu’s inability to win crunch situations in a match had denied her many gold medals in the past. Her defeats in finals of major tournaments had become a major talking point. However, the 24-year-old shuttler hardly put a foot wrong in the match and silenced her critics in style. With this win, the debate around her big match ‘jinx’ will finally be resolved at least for the near future.
The 5th seed Sindhu not only won the gold but she did it in a dominating style, winning the final in straight games 21-7 21-7. The match was being seen as a repeat of the 2017 final which was played between the same opponents. However, as it turned out, both the matches were quite interesting in nature.
The first final in 2017 was a tough battle which lasted for 110 minutes- the longest final in the history of the competition in which Sindhu had emerged second best despite giving it her all in a 3 game marathon.
In 2019, Sindhu did not give an inch to her opponent to do anything remotely close to what she had done in 2017. The match was done and dusted in 38 minutes and Sindhu had emerged as the winner with an interesting scoreline of 21-7, 21-7.
Notably, Sindhu’s historic win has coincided with her mother’s birthday on Sunday. After a final in which she demolished her opponent, she dedicated the win to her country and took the opportunity to wish her mother a happy birthday.
“This means a lot, it is a big win. I had lost in the finals in the last two editions,” said Sindhu in an on court interview after the match.
“I won for my country, I am really very proud,” said an apparently emotional Sindhu who was donning a smile on her face.
“I would like to thank my coach (South Korean Kim Ji Hyun) and Gopi sir (Pullela Gopichand) and also my parents. Today is my mother’s birthday, so happy birthday mom!” she concluded.