PV Sindhu: On top of the world!
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu has become India’s first ever Badminton World Champion! In a match that lasted just 38 minutes, Sindhu beat rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan by 21-7 21-7 in BWF World Championships held in Switzerland.
Two years after she lost on the gold by Okuhara in an epic 110-minute final at Glasgow, Sindhu dominated win over the same opponent. It was Sindhu’s fifth World Championships medal — joint most for a woman singles player with former Olympics and world champion Zhang Ning of China — to go with the two successive silvers and a couple of bronze medals.
Sindhu has also won an Olympic silver in 2016 Rio Games, a silver at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, an Asian Games silver at Jakarta and the BWF World Tour Finals last year.
For three straight days during the series, this 24-year-old Hyderabadi girl kept on smashing the shuttlecock in the range of 340-360 kmph for many times. She only fumbled once, when talking to reporters. “I’m very happy and I’ve waited for this victory and finally I’ve become a National champion,” she said. She then laughed heartily and said: “World champion, sorry, World champion.”
But Sindhu is not the only one to make India proud at the championships. Manasi Joshi won the BWF Para Badminton World Championships in Basel. On Saturday, Joshi won her first gold by defeating compatriot Parul Parmer in the women’s singles. India claimed a total of 12 medals in the Para Badminton World Championships this year. Our congratulations to all the winners!
The winning of Pullela Gopichand in the All England Open Badminton Championship in the year 2001 inspired PV Sindhu to start playing badminton over volleyball which was her parent’s sport. Her father, PV Ramana was a professional volleyball player. He was awarded Arjuna Award for his excellence in the game of volleyball. Her mother, P Vijaya too was a professional volleyball player.