PV Sindhu clinches the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals trophy

PV Sindhu couldn't clear the first hurdle at the 2019 ALL England Open
PV Sindhu couldn't clear the first hurdle at the 2019 ALL England Open
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Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu clinched the first-ever BWF World Tour Finals trophy by defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-17 in Guangzhou, China. The 23-year-old was the only Indian to reach the finals after Sameer Verma lost to China’s Shi Yuqi 21-12, 22-20, 21-17 in the semi-finals on Saturday.

PV Sindhu outclassed her Japanese opponent with ease.
PV Sindhu outclassed her Japanese opponent with ease.

PV Sindhu came second-best in Olympics, World Championships, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games. This victory broke her jinx of stumbling in the final hurdle.

In her route to the finals, the World No. 6 overcame Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 24-22, 15-21 in her first match. In her next match against the World No. 1 Tae Tzu-Ying, she lost the first set 14-21. However, she didn’t let it affect her performance and won the next two sets 21-16, 21-18.

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In the decider against USA’s Zhang Beiwen, she strolled past her in straight sets 21-9, 21-15. PV Sindhu continued her fine form in the tournament by knocking out Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 25-23 in the semi-finals.

In the finals against World No.2 Nozomi Okuhara, PV Sindhu was leading 14-6 at one instant. But, her opponent showed enough guts and perseverance to make it 16-all. However, all her efforts went in vain as succumbed to a drop shot and lost the set 19-21.

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PV Sindhu maintained the two-point gap 5-3 lead in the second set all the way up to 19-17. She, then, won two consecutive points to win the set 21-17.