Nozomi Okuhara is the winner of the World Badminton Championship. India’s PV Sindhu picked a silver but displayed mettle of gold. She becomes the second Indian women’s player after Saina Nehwal to win silver. Okuhara beat Sindhu 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 to lift her maiden title in a most thrilling match. She becomes the first Japanese to win the BWF World Championships Gold. As for Sindhu, she settles for silver.
In what was a nail biting final, the two women played some spectacular badminton. But when Sindhu lost, she was clearly devastated. Okuhara spoke about her game and how tired this 1 hour and 45 minute match.
Okuhara, “I was very nervous but my fans supported me so I could play.” Nearly two hours of fantastic badminton. “I am very tired,” she said laughing.
PV Sindhu picked the second game taking the score to 1-1 and making the #2017BWC even more exciting. Sindhu won the second game 22-20. The match goes into the decider. In the second game, Sindhu led decisively for the first half. Okuhara picked up steam taking the points away in second part post midbreak. While Sindhu had a lead 20-17 against the Japanese, she lost three points rather quickly. But Sindhu hit back, putting up a tremendous show. Through a nail biting and nerve wrecking 73-shot rally, Sindhu took the point in the last.
Sindhu took the second game after a nerve wrecking 73-shot rally
PV Sindhu is close to making history once again. She is in the finals of the World Championship, clinching the spot with a straight game win. The Olympic silver medallist defeated World No 10 Chen Yufei 21-13, 21-10. This will be a third medal for Sindhu in the World Championship. She becomes the only second Indian to reach the finals of World Championship. Saina Nehwal achieved that feat in the last edition at Jakarta.
By doing so the Olympic silver medallist assures India of a silver medal. The World Championship is being held in Glasgow, Scotland. Sindhu picked bronze medals twice in the 2013 and 2014 editions respectively.