PV Sindhu, above, (Image Source : @INDIASPORTS/TWITTER) India’s golden girl of the moment, says her emphatic win in the 2019 Badminton World Championships over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the Swiss city of Basel on Sunday is the answer to her critics, the Badminton World Federation quoted her as saying in its website.
Sindhu said she wanted to answer her critics with her racket and she succeeded with a historic win.
She dedicated the victory to her mother who was celebrating her birthday on Sunday. She also thanked her coach Kim, Gopi and her supporting staff.
Sindhu said she felt sad and angry when people kept asking whether she will ever win a gold after losing the finals to Okuhara two years ago and Carolina Marin of Spain last year. She then started asking the same question to herself and found the right answer on Sunday.
Sindhu said she cannot describe her feelings when the national anthem was played, the Indian flag was raised and she was proclaimed the world champion.
People are now calling to tell her she should win gold in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Sindhu said, adding that the Basel victory will inspire her to win more titles.
On Sunday, Sindhu used her height, nimble footwork, quick reflexes and raw power to win the finals 21-7 21-7 in just 38 minutes.
Her rival Okuhara was expecting a tough battle ahead but never thought it would be so short and one-sided. Their previous encounter at Glasgow lasted a record 110 minutes and Okuhara won.
But this time, the Japanese became leaden-footed while Sindhu was moving all over the court lunging, jumping and hitting.
An angry woman, Sindhu won the gold by beating her rival in a clinical fashion.
Congratulating her, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind said it is a proud moment for the entire country adding that her performance and perseverance will inspire millions.
Calling Sindhu a “stupendously talented” player, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted from France that the passion and dedication with which she pursues badminton and her latest success will inspire generations of players.
While hailing her historic win, Kiren Rijiju, who handles the Youth Affairs and Sports ministry, said the government will continue to provide all facilities and support to produce more such world champions.