PV Sindhu claims maiden BWF World Tour Finals Title
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu made history on December 16, 2018 by becoming the first Indian to win the BWF World Tour Finals. With the win, Sindhu claimed her 14th title overall and the first for this year, which had followed up with a series of disappointments after she was unable to win even a single tournament.
Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu made history on December 16, 2018 by becoming the first Indian to win the BWF World Tour Finals.
Sindhu claimed the coveted gold medal with a win over 2017 world champion Nozomi Okuhara in straight sets of 21-19, 21-17. In both games, Sindhu made a fast start but Okuhara managed to stay within touching distance. Sindhu, though won points at crucial junctures to maintain her dominance in the match. The 23-year-old had beaten Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 25-23 in the semi-final, held on December 15.
• With the win, Sindhu claimed her 14th title overall and the first for this year, which had followed up with a series of disappointments after she was unable to win even a single tournament.
• Sindhu had lost out on the gold and had to settle for silver in many championships in 2018 including the World Championships, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Thailand Open and India Open.
• This is Sindhu’s third successive season-ending finale. She had lost to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the 2017 edition and had to settle for silver.
• Sindhu became the first Indian to win the acclaimed title in a match that lasted an hour and two minutes.
• Saina Nehwal had reached the finals of 2011 World Super Series Finals, while Jwala Gutta and V Diju finished as runner-ups in the 2009 edition.
• PV Sindhu grabbed national attention when she became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the second badminton player to ever win an Olympic medal, the first being Saina Nehwal, who won bronze in the 2012 edition.
• Sindhu also won silver in the women's singles at Commonwealth Games 2018, after losing to Saina Nehwal.
• She was also a silver medallist at the 2017 BWF World Championships and 2018 BWF World Championships consecutively.
• She was also a silver medallist in 2018 Asian Games 2018 which were held in Indonesia.
• Sindhu had come into international attention when she broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17.
• In 2013, she became the first ever Indian women's singles player to win a medal at the Badminton World Championships.
• In March 2015, she is the recipient of India's fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri.