World number five PV Sindhu on Sunday became the first-ever Indian badminton player to win the gold medal at the BWF World Championships. Sindhu comprehensively defeated her familiar foe Nozomi Okuhara of Japan with 21-7, 21-7 on Sunday to win her first gold at the BWF World Championships. Sindhu had finished second in the previous two editions of the World Championships.
India star-shuttler made an impressive start to the match with incessant attacking extremely positive badminton, mixed with a lot of variety and solid defense and raced to an 11-2 lead in the first set when Okuhara looked in some discomfort, seemingly with a niggle in the neck and had a word with her coach. She went on smashing the shuttle and making Okuhara wander all over the court. Settling Okuhara to just 7 points, she flew away with the first game.
Continuing her attacking mode in the second game, she was too good for Okuhara with long rallies and a convincing net game. In one word, Sindhu's performance in the final was one of a champion, where she did not give Okuhara an inch to play her game or even react.
With this, Sindhu finishes with her fifth medal at the world championship. Sindhu will head into Tokyo Olympics as the reigning World Champion. 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, the debate around her temperament in big matches. The Olympic silver medallist became the world champion and in style!