India's PV Sindhu had let out tears of joy and relief when she finally laid her hands on a gold medal by claiming the World Tour Finals with a win over 2017 world champion Nozomi Okuhara here Sunday. With the straight-game victory, Sindhu became the first Indian to achieve the feat.
"After the match was over, I didn't say anything, I got on my knees and had tears in my eyes. I didn't think anything at that moment. I would say that it is special moment for me. "
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 an early lead.
Playing her third successive season-ending finale, Sindhu, who had lost in the summit clash to another Japanese, Akane Yamaguchi, to settle for a silver in the last edition, prevailed 21-19 21-17 in a match that lasted an hour and two minutes. Dubbed a bridesmaid after falling short of gold on a number of occasions, Sindhu finally broke her jinx, let out tears of relief and joy, and sunk to her knees.
Saina Nehwal had reached the finals of 2011 World Super Series Finals, while Jwala Gutta and V Diju finished runners-up at the 2009 edition.
Wishes from different corners of the country poured in for Sindhu after he victory. Here are a few of them.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu congratulated the local girl on his Twitter handle for being the first Indian to win the prestigious title.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan also extended his wishes to the Rio Olympics silver-medallist on his official Twitter handle.