PV Sindhu returned home to a rousing reception as India welcomed back the badminton ace as she won her first gold in the BWF World Championship tournament. On Sunday, Sindhu became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final. Sindhu won 21-7 21-7 in the summit clash that lasted just 38 minutes. As she arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport from Switzerland and walked out of Gate number 6, she was met with drum beats and cheers. She waved at her supporters and she was garlanded for her victory.
The Olympic silver medalist had an easy outing against her long-time rival Nozomi Okuhara as she did not have to break a sweat against the world number 4 Japanese shuttler. Okuhara had no clue and answers for Sindhu's attacking strokeplay. Nozomi Okuhara had defeated PV Sindhu in the final of the same event in 2017. PV Sindhu revealed that victory had not yet sunk in as she did not have the time to celebrate but she was overjoyed. PV Sindhu along with her coach Pullela Gopichand met Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju in Delhi on Tuesday. In an interview with the media, PV Sindhu revealed her thoughts after creating history and making the country proud.
''The feeling of victory has not yet sunk in as its been only two days and there wasn't much time to celebrate. It is a very happy moment, as I have been waiting for this win. I had two bronze and two silver and I missed the gold last year'', she said. PV Sindhu said that she was at loss for words as the tricolour flew high and the Indian national anthem played on while she stood with her head held high, making her country proud. ''It was a proud moment for me when I was standing there on the podium, an emotional moment when the flag was flying high and the national anthem playing. It gives me so much more confidence to do better in the future'', she said. PV Sindhu also thanked the Sports Authority of India, the Badminton Association of India and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju for all the support that they provided her.
PV Sindhu's coach and badminton legend Pullela Gopichand hailed the World Champion's maiden gold medal win and said that it was extremely significant, given the timing of the win. Gopichand said that India was now heading into the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 with a gold medal in badminton. He also praised PV Sindhu for the manner in which she structured her victory and applauded her spirit as a champion. ''Over the last few years, we have won bronze and silver. Finally, we have got our hands on the elusive gold medal. Going into the Olympic year with the gold, it gives a lot of og confidence. It is not only a victory or being a World Champion but it is the way she has done it that makes me so happy and proud'', he said.
As the match got over, PV Sindhu spoke about her experience. She said: "Last time I lost in the finals and before year also I lost the finals, I am very happy this time, it was a very important win for me. I would like to thank the crowd because it means a lot. Every time they were they for my match. They cheered me. Big thanks to all of you. I won for my country. I am very proud of it being an Indian." PV Sindhu also thanked her coach and Pullela Gopichand for all the support they have given to her. Dedicating the victory to her mother, Sindhu said: "I want to dedicate it to my mother, it's her birthday today. Happy Birthday mom." As Sindhu wished her mom happy birthday, the crowd started singing the birthday song.