After three long years in the wilderness, PV Sindhu suffered heart-rending losses in the finals. She was at her finest attacking and elegant as she won Sunday’s Basel World Championship.
The 24-year-old lastly transformed her silver into gold by performing clinically against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7.
The first Indian to attain this wonderful honor is Sindhu.
Two years after losing to Okuhara and one year after being beaten by Carolina Marin, Sindhu lastly accomplished by another Indian what was impossible to achieve.
Delighted after winning, Sindhu said, “I lost the final last time before I also lost the finals… and winning now is very important. I thank the crowd for supporting me day in and day out.” The victory couldn’t come to her on a better day, as Sunday is also her mother’s birthday.
“I’m dedicating this award to my mom, it’s her birthday,” Sindhu said. “A large thank you to my coach Gopichand and Kim Ji Hyun (Korean coach and support employees).
Sindhu is also the second female shuttler to have five medals and the third to have all three colors of medals.
A 22-shot rally began the first match, but that was the only time that gave Okuhara some hope. Thereafter, it was too rampant Sindhu. She stamped her power with an eight-point burst to move into 8-1 pretty soon in the game.
Then an astonished Okhura won her second point. But that 8-point burst altered the game’s complexion and the match later.
Sindhu stuck to a policy of pushing the shuttle to the court’s back and crushing hard whenever she got a chance. Okuhara was trying to drag her close the net, but Sindhu was up to it as she got back on the net pretty well. Sindhu made a delightful crosscourt drop at 16-4 that kissed and moved down the net.
Okuhara has been trying to get as many points as possible so the gap in the scoreline isn’t too big. But that didn’t work as Sindhu closed the competition as quickly as possible and knocked her opponent out of the competition.
The first match finished with an almost hitting Okuhara power-packed smash.
On the same lines, the second play went. Although Okuhara attempted hard to remain, Sindhu raised her game to unexpected levels, taking the opponent through the neck scruff.