Indian Badminton Queen & Rio Olympic silver medallist has knocked out her Chinese opponent in straight sets to storm into the finals of World Badminton Championship here at Glasgow, Scotland.
Sindhu, who has already won two bronze medals at the World Championships in 2013 and 2014, was looking to change the color of her medal this time around & she has finally succeeded in it.
In the first game, both players started pretty well initially & there was nothing much to differentiate with both of them locked at 7-7. But, Sindhu was in hurry to seal the game & smashed six straight points to lead by 13-7 & comfortably maintained her lead to won the game by 21-13.
It was all Sindhu in the second game as the Olympic medallist get to a flying start & put her opponent on back foot by scoring eight straight points to take the charge by 8-0. She gave no chance to her opponent to bounce back in the match & took the match comfortably in straight games 21-13, 21-10.
P.V. Sindhu will now take on Japanese Nozomi Okuhara who defeated India’s Saina Nehwal by 21-17, 12-21, 10-21.
Despite the loss, Saina took home a bronze medal. The London Olympic bronze medallist dominated her opponent in the first game but couldn’t hold her nerves in the last two games.
This will be the first time in History that India has clinched 2 medals at World Championship, thanks to the women power, the nation has nourished in badminton.
Sindhu & Saina’s win also means that India has now won a medal in the last five editions of World Championship since 2011 and also the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Games. The women’s doubles combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa helped India bag their first medal in over 28 years in London and Sindhu grabbed the bronze in the 2013 and 14 editions. Former World no. 1 Saina won the country’s lone silver in 2015 at Jakarta.
Indian medal winners at World Championship :
Prakash Padukone – Bronze (1983)
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa – Bronze (2011)
P.V. Sindhu – Bronze (2013, 2014)
Saina Nehwal – Silver (2015)