Aug 25, 2019: PV Sindhu overcame the pain of 2017 and 2018 in grand style as she extracted revenge on Nozomi Okuhara by beating her in straight games to finally win gold in the World Badminton Championship after two failed attempts.
PV Sindhu had experienced tremendous heartbreak in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the World Badminton Championship. Her loss to Nozomi Okuhara in the final in 2017 had raised questions on whether she could ever win the gold medal on the grand stage. However, playing some inspired badminton, Sindhu overcame all the years of pain to finally become third time lucky and win gold in the World Badminton Championship in Basel on Sunday. Sindhu defeated Okuhara in a 2017 rematch but this time, the Indian was at the right end as she secured a brilliant 21-7, 21-7 to create history.
Displaying her improved fitness level and playing short, quick points, Sindhu had Okuhara completely on the backfoot as she stormed through the first game in just 16 minutes. Sindhu won eight consecutive points twice and her aggressive streak opened up a 16-2 lead in the first game. Although Okuhara tried to bounce back by winning some points, the deficit was too much and Sindhu clinched the first game 21-7.
Clearly rattled by the aggression shown by the Indian shuttler in the first game, Okuhara tried to stay in the match in the second game but Sindhu once again rattled off six consecutive points to open up a 8-2 lead in the second game. The speed, agility and intensity shown by Sindhu displayed a different side of her badminton and the Japanese shuttler simply had no answers. After 37 minutes, the game ended and Sindhu had finally overcome the pain of 2017 and 2018 on the grand stage.