PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara final: After she settled for the silver at women’s singles final of the World Badminton Championships on Sunday at Glasgow, in wake of a thrilling encounter, ace shuttler PV Sindhu was praised by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for her performance. PM Modi took to Twitter and congratulated Sindhu. He wrote,”Well played @Pvsindhu1! We are proud of your game at the @2017BWC finals. Congratulations.” Sindhu’s gallant effort to become India’s first ever World Champion ended in heart-wrenching defeat against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in an epic final today. Sindhu won the silver medal after losing 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Okuhara after battling hard for one hour and 49 minutes in the final – the match left both players exhausted to the extreme. Okuhara had defeated India’s Saina Nehwal to reach the finals of the Championship.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 27, 2017
Although Sindhu lost the final, for India, it still is a historic edition since for the first time Indian shuttlers are returning with two medals. Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal also won a bronze on Saturday after losing her semifinal. The Olympic silver medallist Sindhu had yesterday itself assured India of a silver medal with a straight game win over Chen Yufei of China. Sindhu defeated China’s Chen Yufei by 21-13 21-10 and became the first Indian badminton player to reach the World Championships final.
As per the reports by PTI, before this edition, India had only one silver and four bronze medals in the World Championships. Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to win a medal when he took a bronze in the men’s singles in 1983 before the women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa bagged another bronze in 2011.