Ace player PV Sindhu became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships on August 25 by defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7. It was just 36 minutes in a purely one-sided final.

Sindhu and Okuhara first met in a World Championship final in 2017, and the latter emerged victorious in the end. Sindhu reached the final again in 2018 but defeated by Carolina Marín of Spain.

However, she finally broke the jinx and brushing aside her opponent with a dominant show like we have never seen before.

While the joy sinks in, PV Sindhu was waking up to a dream. “Finally, I have become a national champion!” she exclaimed. But, soon corrected, and the whole world repeats with her, “Sorry, sorry, World Champion!”

Sindhu has often given credit to her parents, P. Vijaya and P. V. Ramana, for her success. She became world champion on her mother’s birthday and dedicated the medal to her. She said, “I am really happy to win the medal. I had been waiting for this for long. It was a much-needed victory. I dedicate this win to my mother, was waiting for it for long.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan were among many renowned names who praised her historic achievement.

A Sneak Peek

The champion lady hailed from Hyderabad and won in the all-India under-10 singles held in Kochi on June 2005. In November 2008, she won the all-India junior major ranking badminton tournament in Hyderabad.
She won her first Grand Prix gold in the Malaysian Open in May 2013 under the tutelage of Pullela Gopichand. Indian Government awarded her the Padma Shri in 2015. She became the first Indian to reach a badminton single final and won a silver medal in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

P.V. Sindhu said to The Hindu that her next goal is the Olympic gold.