P V 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
World No. 5 PV Sindhu crushed higher-ranked Nozomi Okuhara in straight games in the women’s singles final to win the elusive gold in her third successive final. Sindhu became the first Indian to finish on the top step of the podium in the prestigious world meet.
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, a silver at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, an Asian Games silver at Jakarta and the BWF World Tour Finals last year.
PV Sindhu became only the 4th singles player ever to have a full set of world championship medals.
PV Sindhu's inability to win the gold medal had been a major talking point. At times, the 24-year-old had to address it at press conferences, interviews and public appearances.
On Sunday in Basel, Sindhu, it seems, wanted to put an end to all the debate surrounding her inability to win the yellow metal, debate around her temperament in big matches.
The Olympic silver medallist became the world champion and in style!
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