Giving her best at the final of World Badminton Championship 2017, Glasgow, India’s golden girl – P V Sindhu may have lost is close against Japanese shuttler Nozoumi Okuhara, but she has won an epic silver with all the pride.
A cut-to-cut final match between Indian shuttler P V Sindhu and Japanese champion Nozoumi Okuhara ended crunching away Sindhu’s dream of becoming the first ever World Champion, but she played her best and nothing makes her less of a true champion. The match lasted for an unbelievable 1 hour 50 minutes, testing mental and physical strength of both players. Sindhu fought hard to achieve her dream of becoming a world championship with a tough game – in the longest stretched match of the tournament.
Sindhu started a little low in the first match by lagging with 3-5 but she covered back to roll off the lead and secured 11-5 using the benefit of her height. But soon, Okuhara caught back with the race and she made and even with 14-14, pacing up with a lead and raced up for 18-14 – leaving Sindhu with a major gap. Once again, Sindhu shuttled out Okuhara with a 19-19 score but final shots pocketed the Japanese, a victory over Sindhu with 19-21. The second round however, proved to be a glee for India as Sindhu opened with a lead of 5-1 and with an extraordinary throttle, facing Okuhara’s strong fight back. But after a tough game, Sindhu won the round with a score of 22-20. However, in the final round of the finale – Sindhu was defeated with a 20-22 score which helped Okuhara in becoming the first person of Japan to win the World Championship.
Although India closely lost its chance to win a gold at World Championship, Sindhu kept her promise of changing the colour of her medal this time, after winning two bronzes at the World Championship earlier in 2013 and 2014. With this, PV Sindhu became the only second Indian after Saina Nehwal, to bring back a silver medal from the World Badminton Championship.