NEW DELHI: The nation rose as one on Sunday to cheer Badminton legend PV Sindhu as she won the Gold Medal in World Badminton Championship. She became the first Indian to win badminton world championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final at Basel.
The Indian won 21-7 21-7 in the summit clash that lasted just 38 minutes.
Two years after being robbed off the gold by Okuhara in an epic 110-minute final at Glasgow that went down as one of the greatest battles in badminton history, Sindhu finally exorcised the ghost of that heart-wrenching loss with a completely dominating win over the same opponent.
It was the Hyderabad girl’s fifth World Championships medal — joint most for a woman singles player with former Olympics and world champion Zhang Ning of China — to go with the two successive silvers and a couple of bronze medals.
Sindhu had also won an Olympic silver in 2016 Rio Games, a silver at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, an Asian Games silver at Jakarta and the BWF World Tour Finals last year.
DEDICATES WIN TO MOM AS BIRTHDAY GIFT
Sindhu said she dedicated her win to her mother on her birthday.
“Finally, I am here, I have won a national champion,” she said, and then in slow intonations, corrected it, “World Champion!” …
“It’s mom’s birthday, I though I would gift her something, but never knew it would be a world cup,” she stated in ecstacy. – Agencies, IHN-NN