PV Sindhu created history, becoming the first Indian to win the season finale at BWF World Tour Finals title on Sunday. She ended her silver medal jinx against the arch rival Nozomi Okuhara with a 21-19, 21-17 victory in a thrilling final in Guangzhou.
The 23-year-old Indian took 1 hour and 2 minutes to overcome the title favorite Okuhara, who defeated her last year final. She had been pigeonholed as a “silver medalist” for finishing runner-up at mega tournaments, including 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2017 World Championships and the 2017 World Superseries Finals.
Okuhara started with a positive note to lead the game 1-0, but Sindhu leveled the score and kept the momentum into 11-6 lead at the mid-break of the first game. The Japanese shuttler then came back from behind to draw level at 16-16 against Sindhu.
The Indian shuttler then managed to break Okuhara’s scoring streak and retain a 19-17 lead following two consecutive errors from the latter. She finished the first game 21-19 with a beautiful smash point.
Sindhu kicked-off the second game with a convincing 3-0, but she was held 7-7 when she hit the net in an astonishing rally. She maintained a lead following some long entertaining rally fights between them and wrapped up the show with 21-17.
Okuhara had defeated compatriot and defending champion, Akane Yamaguchi, while Sindhu beat Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon in the semis on Saturday.