Indian shuttler PV Sindhu extended her purple patch to the gold medal at the Basel World Championships. The ace badminton player has beaten Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final of BWF World Championships in Switzerland to become the first Indian to win a gold at the world tournament.
Sindhu, who won back-to-back silver medals in the last two editions of the prestigious tournament just needed 38 minutes to crush Okuhara 21-7, 21-7. The champion dedicated her win to her mother as it’s also her birthday today. Further Sindhu specially mentioned her coach Pullela Gopichand, thanking him and his staff for her support. With this win, the shuttler adds to her name a complete set of World Championships medals- one gold, two silvers, two bronzes. Later on, Sindhu even took to her Instagram account and posted a heartfelt message on her win.
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I could not hold back my tears when I saw the Indian flag 🇮🇳 and heard the National anthem playing. Words can’t express my feelings about yesterday's win at the World Championship. Had been preparing for it for so long. Finally, the wait ended. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my Parents, my coaches ( Gopi sir and Ms Kim ) and my trainer ( mr Srikanth Verma) And most Importantly I would like to thank my sponsors and all my fans who have supported me all along.🙏🏻🙏🏻 FINALLY WORLD CHAMPION 2019🥇 #worldchampion2019#goldmedal#basel#finallydoneit#happymoment#thankyousuchitraacademy#cannotexpressinwords#thankyoueveryoneforyoursupportandlove#🙏🏻🙏🏻
While the nation drowned in celebration over Sindhu’s victory, one Indian athlete took particular pride in the shuttler’s victory. PT Usha posted an adorable picture of a cute, little Sindhu sitting smilingly on Usha’s lap that was taken back in 2001, about a year after the Payyoli Express’ retirement from the track. Usha wrote in her tweet, “The passion and dedication for the sport will always be rewarded when hardwork comes into play. @Pvsindhu1 success will inspire generations to come!”
Meanwhile, another Gopichand mentee B Sai Praneeth who was also looking to storm into the final of the men’s singles fell to top-seed Kento Momota of Japan in the semi-finals. He lost 13-21, 8-21 to Momota as he settled for a bronze medal. However Sai Praneeth’s win over Jonatan Christie in their round of eight match ensured an Indian crossed the quarters threshold for the first time in 36 years.
Indian badminton has won a medal at the World Championships or Olympics in every year of this decade starting from 2011 and two of Gopichand’s protégés – PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth, have assured the nation of two more.