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Happy birthday mom, PV Sindhu says after historic World Championship win

PV Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships, crushing Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 36 minutes in a one-sided final.

other-sports Updated: Aug 25, 2019 19:48 IST
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PV Sindhu cheers after winning her women's singles final match against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara.
PV Sindhu cheers after winning her women's singles final match against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara.(AP)
         

Moments after becoming the first Indian shuttler to win the World Championships, shuttler P.V. Sindhu dedicated the historic triumph to her mother, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday, and the country.

In a final that lasted just 36 minutes, Sindhu demolished Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-7, 21-7.

“This means a lot, it is a big win. I had lost in the finals in the last two editions,” said Sindhu in an on court interview after the match.

READ: Sindhu becomes first Indian shuttler to win BWF World Championships gold

“I won for my country, I am really very proud,” said an emotional Sindhu wearing a satisfied smile on her face.

“I would like to thank my coach (South Korean Kim Ji Hyun) and Gopi sir (Pullela Gopichand) and also my parents. Today is my mother’s birthday, so happy birthday mom!” she added.

This was Sindhu’s third consecutive final at the World Championships, having been beaten by Okuhara in 2017 and Olympic champion Carolina Marin in 2018.

 

Sindhu had also won bronze in 2013 when she was just 18 and repeated the feat the very next year. She is the reigning BWF World Tour Finals champion. The ace shuttler is also a silver medallist at the Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

First Published: Aug 25, 2019 19:48 IST

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