P V Sindhu on Sunday graced the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by defeating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final Basel on Sunday.
The Indian won 21-7 21-7 in the top impact that lasted just 38 minutes.
Two years later moving stripped of the gold by Okuhara in an epic 110-minute final at Glasgow that went down as one of the greatest battles in badminton history, Sindhu finally exorcised the appearance of that heart-wrenching loss with an entirely dominating win above the same candidate.
It was Sindhu’s fifth World Championships medal — joint-most for a woman singles player with former Olympics and world champion Zhang Ning of China — to go with the two consecutive silvers and a couple of bronze medals.
Sindhu has also won Olympic silver in 2016 Rio Games, silver at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, an Asian Games silver at Jakarta and the BWF World Tour Finals last year.