Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Sindhu beats Okuhara to win historic World Championships Gold

Sindhu beats Okuhara
First-placed India’s Pusarla Venkata Sindhu poses with the gold medal at the St Jakobshalle in Basel.( AFP )

Basel, August 25: PV Sindhu produced a dominating performance to outclass third seeded Nozomi Okuhara from Japan 21-7, 21-7 to win a gold medal in the World Championships 2019 on Sunday. In the process, the fifth seeded PV Sindhu bettered her 2017, 2018 appearances in the World Championships final and became the first Indian to win the marquee tournament. PV Sindhu, without breaking a sweat, closed the first game in 16 minutes. Nozomi Okuhara, on the other hand, continued to make unforced errors to allow PV Sindhu clinch the championship point and seal the final in 38 minutes.
With the historic victory, the Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu leads the head-to-head battle against Okuhara 8-7. The 2016 Olympics silver medallist had previously beaten the Japanese in the Indonesia Open 2019.
Sindhu completely took control of the match from the opening game. She clinched eight consecutive points took make the final look like a walk in the park. Okuhara, on the contrary, looked out of touch and failed to produce any serious challenge for her Indian counterpart.
In the second game, Sindhu, who had defeated World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the quarter-finals, continued to display her brilliance from the outset, clinching seven consecutive points. In the process, she did not allow Okuhara settle down as the Japanese displayed her agony by screaming loudly with every point she lost. Sindhu went on to capitalise on the momentum and win the final with ease.
After her win, congratulatory messages have come pouring in from all over as people lauded her extraordinary effort. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind took to his official twitter account and termed the shuttler’s victory as a pride moment for the country. He wrote, “Congratulations PV Sindhu for winning the BWF World Championship. This is a proud moment for the entire country. Your magic on the court, hardwork and perseverance enthralls and inspires millions. Best wishes World Champion for all your future battles #PresidentKovind.”
Even the Indian Prime Minister took his time to congratulate the Indian badminton queen. Taking to his official handle, Modi captioned his post, “The stupendously talented PV Sindhu makes India proud again! 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.”
Other than PM Modi and President Kovind, congratulatory messages have come in from many more. (ndtv)