- PV Sindhu became lost to Okuhara and Carolina Marin respectively in the 2017 and 2018 finals.
- Sindhu had been at the receiving end of criticism for coming short in the summit clashes of significant events.
- Sindhu is now the joint most powerful medal-winner in women’s singles in the World Championships history.
PV Sindhu says she thought “angry and sad” after being reprimanded for not finishing on top in the last two World Championship finals.
The gold medal in the just-ended edition is her answer to all the authorities who asked her.
2nd-time silver medallist Sindhu finished an excruciating wait for an obscure gold with a first World Championship title on Sun.
This is my reply to the people who have questioned me questions over and over.
I answer with my racket and with this win – that’s all, Sindhu was quoted as saying by the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) website.
Next to her crushing victory over Okuhara.
“I felt terrible after the 1st World Championships final and last year I was angry. I was unhappy. I went for all my emotions, claiming ‘Sindhu, why can’t you get this 1-match?’ but today came, and I said myself to play my game and not worry – and it worked out,” she added…
The 24-year-old from Hyderabad became the first Indian to achieve the feat by beating close opponent Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7, 21-7 in one of the most lopsided finals ever.
It was 3rd time lucky for Sindhu, who failed to Okuhara and Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain individually in the 2017 and 2018 finals to settle for the silver-twice.
Sindhu has been at the getting end of analysis for coming short in the summit impacts of significant events ever since the 2016-Rio Olympics, where she had finished 2nd best to Marin.
Two years ago, PV Sindhu was denied the gold by Okuhara after an epic 110-minute final that went down as one of the greatest battles in badminton history.
The Indian also lost the finals of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the Jakarta Asian Games, besides the World Championships twice. She had even finished runners-up at the Thailand Open and India Open last year.
The gold was her 5th medal at the World Championships. She won a bronze each in the 2013 and 2014 editions.
Sindhu is now the joint highest medal-winner in women’s singles in the World Championships, History with former Olympic champion Zhang Ning of China.
who won an identical one gold, Two silver and two bronze between 2001 and 2007.
“Everybody wanted this win from me. After the Rio Olympics silver medal, the expectations from me is high. Every time I go to a tournament, everyone expects me to win a gold,” Sindhu said.
After a year, I also thought about what should I do for it and instead of thinking about others.
I should play for myself and give my 100 per cent, and automatically I win because thinking about others would put extra pressure on me.
Now that Sindhu has added the missing World Championships gold to her cabinet, next in line for her will be the Olympic crown in Tokyo 2020.
“People are already asking ‘Sindhu, what about gold in Tokyo 2020?’,” she said.
“Olympics is not so far, but right now it is step-by-step for me.
I know the Olympic qualification is going, so I hope I do well.
But right now I want to enjoy it and don’t want to think anything else.
“Badminton is my passion, and I feel that I can win more titles,” she signed off. In Video: World Badminton Championships: PV Sindhu scripts history, beats Japan’s Nozomi.