PV Sindhu becomes first Indian shuttler to win World C’ships gold


Basel : India's gold-medallist Pusarla V. Sindhu after winning her women's singles final match against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara at theBasel in Basel, Switzerland, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Basel : India’s gold-medallist Pusarla V. Sindhu after winning her women’s singles final match against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara at theBasel in Basel, Switzerland, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (PTI Photo)

PV Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final here on Sunday.

The Indian won 21-7 21-7 in the summit clash that lasted just 38 minutes.

Greetings poured in from political leaders lauding her historic victory, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying her success will inspire generations.

President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the 24-year-old, saying her magic on the court enthrals millions.

“Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 for winning the BWF World Championship. This is a proud moment for the entire country. Your magic on the court, hard work and perseverance enthrals and inspires millions,” the president tweeted.

“Best wishes World Champion for all your future battles,” he wrote.

The prime minister, who was on a foreign visit, said Sindhu has made the country proud again with her performance.

“The stupendously talented @Pvsindhu1 makes India proud again! Congratulations to her for winning the Gold at the BWF World Championships,” Modi tweeted.

The passion and dedication with which she has pursued badminton is inspiring, the PM said. “PV Sindhu’s success will inspire generations of players,” he said.

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 Sindhu’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 has also won Olympic silver in 2016 Rio Games, silver at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, an Asian Games silver at Jakarta and the BWF World Tour Finals last year.