Glasgow, August 28: Indian shuttler and Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu on Sunday clinched a silver medal at the World Badminton Championships which was held in Glasgow, Scotland. PV Sindhu was defeated by Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the summit clash by 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 in a match that lasted for one-hour and 50 minutes.
Notably, Sindhu and Okuhara played relentless badminton in the longest match of the tournament but unfortunately the Indian lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Okuhara's sheer fitness. While both players looked out of breath and struggled to move, Sindhu got a bit more tired than the Japanese and that led to the end result.
It was a hard fought loss for the Sindhu. Okuhara dominated Sindhu in the first set but Indian gave a tough fight to end with the loss by 19-21. Sindhu made a very strong comeback in the second set by a mere margin of 22-20. But in the third set, Sindhu give all her efforts but finally lost by 20-22 and had to get settled for the silver medal.
Sindhu after the match said, "It was anybody's game. Of course, it's upsetting to lose. From the first game, each point was very important for both of us and even when I was leading or she was leading, it was never over from both sides. There were long rallies and she wasn't leaving any shuttle, so each point was very tough. In the third game, it was 20-20 and it was anyone's game I feel."
"I have no words and it is really upsetting because anybody would aim for the gold and the last moment changed everything. Happy with silver but that feeling is there," Sindhu added. "Both of us were going for each point and we were both tired after such long rallies. Overall it was a good match, that's all I can say but it just wasn't my day," Sindhu concluded.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sports Minister Vijay Goel and many other central Ministers including few Chief Ministers of the state also congratulated Sindhu via twitter. PM Modi said, “Well played @Pvsindhu1! We are proud of your game at the @2017BWC finals. Congratulations.” While, Sports Minister Vijay Goel tweeted, “#PVSindhu You will be our Golden Girl no matter what. Nail biting match by Warrior @Pvsindhu1.. The nation is proud of you🎉👍😊 #2017BWC.”
Earlier, Saina Nehwal settled for a bronze medal in the World Badminton Championships after losing to seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara by 21-12, 17-21, 10-21. PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will receive cash rewards from the Badminton Association of India (BAI) after their medal winning performances in the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow. The BAI announced that Sindhu will receive Rs 10 lakh while Nehwal will receive Rs 5 lakhs.