Badminton World Championship
What’s in the news?
- P.V. Sindhu scripted history as she became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating archrival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lopsided summit clash.
- The Olympic silvermedallist Indian won 217, 217 in the final that lasted just 38 minutes.
- P.V Sindhu, the 2016 Rio Olympic silver medallist, created history on 16th December 2018 as she became the first Indian to win the BWF World Tour Finals.
- She defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, the 2017 world champion, by 21-19 21-17 in the final match that lasted for an hour and two minutes. Earlier, Sindhu defeated Ratchanok by 21-16, 25-23 in the semi-finals to enter the finals of the season-ending BWF World Tour tournament
- The BWF World Championships (formerly known as IBF World Championships, also known as the World Badminton Championships) is a badminton tournament sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF).
- The tournament offers the most ranking points, together with Summer Olympic Games. The winners will be crowned as the “World Champions” and awarded gold medals.
- Okuhara tried to step up the pace but an alert Sindhu was up to the task. The Indian targeted Okuhara’s forehand corner to take two more points. Sindhu used her height t produce those attackin clears which Okuhara could not negotiate. At 162, Sindhu committed a couple of unforced errors before again taking control of the match.
- The Indian eventually grabbed as many as 13 game points when Okuhara went long and she sealed the first game with a body blow and swiftly followed them at the net to make life difficult for her opponent.
- With Sindhu’s gold and Praneeth’s bronze, the Indians continued the sixyear streak of winning at least one medal at the Worlds. which her rival sent out. In the second game too, Okuhara had no answer to Sindhu’s razorsharp returns. The Indian made the Japanese run to the deep corners with her acuteangle returns.
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