PV Sindhu became the first Indian to win gold at the BWF World Championship held in Basel on August 25, 2019. The shuttler beat Nozomi Okuhara in straight games of 21-7, 21-7 in just 36 minutes to clinch the honours.
Earlier this season, the shuttler’s performance graph had declined with consecutive early exits in as many as six tournaments, starting from Indonesia Masters to the recently concluded Singapore Open 2019. And understandably, Sindhu had to face criticism from all sides.
However, after winning the hard-fought contest, the shuttler expressed, “This is my answer to the people who have asked me questions over and over. I just wanted to answer with my racket and this win – that’s all.”
Though this victory was one of Sindhu’s greatest till date, this is not the first time she has achieved something big. Here are five of the most unbeatable records by Sindhu:
1First Indian woman to win silver at Rio Olympics
PV Sindhu scripted history when she won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. With the victory, she also became the first Indian woman and singles player to make it to the Olympics final and win a silver medal as well.
2Only player to remain unbeaten against Chinese players
She has won against all the Chinese players she has faced in the world finals and now continues to be unbeaten. Her record against them stands 7-0.
Hat-trick of finals! 💪@Pvsindhu1 maintains her perfect record against Chinese shuttlers at #BWFWorldChampionships to dismiss WR 3 #ChenYufei 2⃣1⃣-7⃣, 2⃣1⃣-1⃣4⃣ to advance to the final for the 3rd year in a row!
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 24, 2019
3First Indian to win all three World Championship medals
Sindhu started at the World Championship by winning a bronze medal in 2013 followed by another one in 2014. She improved upon her performance in 2017 by winning a silver before repeating the feat in 2018. The shuttler won it without losing a single match. And after bagging gold against Nozomi Okuhara, the shuttler became the first Indian to own all the three colours of achievements at the World Championships. Moreover, the victory over Okuhara was also the biggest in terms of points difference.
#BWFWorldChampionships2019 World Championships final , #PV Sindhu vs Nozomi Okuhara Live Badminton Match Score: PV Sindhu has equalled the record of legendary Zhang Ning by winning five medals at the World Championships.
— Pawan Kumar pandey (@pawanpandey1996) August 25, 2019
4India’s highest-paid athlete in 2019
Her Triumph at the Olympics brought in a flood of endorsements with Bridgestone, Gatorade, Panasonic, Myntra, Apis, Baseline Ventures and many sports brands. According to Forbes, the Olympian is now the highest-paid female badminton player in India. She ranks 7th and the only Indian woman on the list.
5First Indian to Win Silver in Asiads
India has had considerable talent in badminton, but the country still lacked a finalist in Asiads. This changed in the 18th Asian Games, Jakarta when Sindhu became the first Indian to enter the final of the badminton singles competition. Although she eventually went down to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu 21-13, 21-16. She already became the first from the country to win a silver medal at the mega event.