Basel: PV Sindhu was fifth-time lucky in the World Championships as she created history by becoming the first Indian to win the prestigious event in Basel on Sunday. The Hyderabadi shuttler produced a dominating performance to outclass third seeded Nozomi Okuhara from Japan 21-7, 21-7 to win the gold medal.
Sindhu bettered her 2017, 2018 appearances in the World Championships final. She closed the first game in 16 minutes and sealed the final in just 38 minutes. With the historic victory, the Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu leads the head-to-head battle against Okuhara 8-7.
The stupendously talented @Pvsindhu1 makes India proud again!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 25, 2019
Congratulations to her for winning the Gold at the BWF World Championships. The passion and dedication with which she’s pursued badminton is inspiring.
PV Sindhu’s success will inspire generations of players.
Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 for winning the BWF World Championship. This is a proud moment for the entire country.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 25, 2019
Your magic on the court, hardwork and perseverance enthralls and inspires millions. Best wishes World Champion for all your future battles #PresidentKovind
Spoke to @Pvsindhu1 and extended congratulations on behalf of the people of India for her historic win🥇 Also spoke to coach P. Gopichand and appreciated his efforts for this historic win of PV Sindhu and Bronze medal of @saiprneeth92 https://t.co/JDi7RkyMWv— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 25, 2019
“I’m so happy. I was expecting this for a long time. It’s definitely a proud moment for me and for India. A lot of people have been waiting,” said the Indian ace, adding, “This is my answer to the people who have asked me questions over and over. I just wanted to answer with my racket and with this win – that’s all.”
According to BWF website, Sindhu, talking about her match, said that It’s been a long time coming. "I was dominating. It was important for me to be very alert and every point really mattered to me. I tried to get every point even though I was leading by a large margin,” said Sindhu who also beat Beiwen Zhang, Tai Tzu Ying and Chen Yufei en in her way glory.
“I was prepared for everything. At times, I was nervous but I was determined to finish it off.”