The Hush Post|01:25 pm| 1-min-read
Tears of joy rolled down her eyes as India’s P V Sindhu finally laid her hands on a gold medal. She won the gold at the World Tour Finals defeating 2017 world champion Nozomi Okuhara on Sunday. She let out her anxiety as tears of relief and joy flowed down her cheeks and she sunk to her knees.
With the straight-game victory, Sindhu became the first Indian to achieve the feat. She had a tough time this year, unable to win any tournament.
Sindhu, an Olympic and World Championship silver medallist, was composed and held her nerves at the crucial moments to stay a step ahead of the Japanese through the match.
In the first game, Okuhara made a couple of errors and Sindhu took early lead.
Sindhu used some drop shots and looked good at the net to lead 7-3. However, Okuhara narrowed down the deficit to 5-7. Sindhu dominated the next long rally and nosed ahead 11-6 at the mid-game break.
Sindhu engaged in long rallies with Okuhara and managed to stay 6-4 ahead at one stage of the second game. The Japanese stretched and controlled the rallies and waited for the Indian to hit out. It worked as she forced her way back at 7-7.
Last year, Sindhu had settled for a silver in which her opponent, another Japanese, Akane Yamaguchi, prevailed 21-19 21-17 in a match that lasted an hour and two minutes.
Earlier, Saina Nehwal had reached the finals of 2011 World Super Series Finals, while Jwala Gutta and V Diju had finished runners-up at the 2009 edition.