Badminton player PV Sindhu has become the first Indian female badminton player to do so by winning the World Badminton Championship title.
Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu on Sunday defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21–19, 21–17 in consecutive games to win the first BFW World Tour Finals.
This is Sindhu’s first title of this year. Sindhu could not win any title so far this year, but in this tournament she was in excellent form and this time was unbeatable.
In Guangzhou, China, there was once again a fierce confrontation between Indus and the Japanese shuttler. Sindhu started fast in both the games, but Okuhara also did not lose patience and gave tough competition to Sindhu.
In this match which lasted for about an hour and 2 minutes, Sindhu took a one-time 14-6 lead in the first game, but then Okuhara made a strong comeback and it was difficult for Sindhu to collect points. The score reached 16-16 on sight. In the last match, Sindhu got the game and won the game 21-19.
The 23-year-old Sindhu defeated Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in the semi-finals 21–16, 25–23 to make it to the finals for the second consecutive year.
Last year too, Sindhu competed in the final with Okuhara, but this time Sindhu defeated the challenge of the Japanese player.
That day was my mother’s birthday, that’s why I dedicated this medal to her. Because it is not only my hard work but also the hard work of the parents. My parents had done a lot of sacrifice and hard work. I think that I am here today because of them. I am really lucky to have parents like him. I am very thankful to him.
There are more tournaments ahead and Olympic qualification too. I hope I will do my best. The confidence that this victory has created, I hope I will take it forward.