New Delhi:Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu made history by becoming the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals. The Indian superstar beat a familiar foe in Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-17 in the final to claim her first title of the year. Sindhu had a tough time this year, unable to win even a single tournament this year but the Indian shuttler was in top form and ended the tournament unbeaten. In both games, Sindhu made a fast start but Okuhara managed to stay within touching distance. Sindhu, though, had just too much in her locker and won points at crucial junctures to maintain her dominance in the match. The 23-year-old had beaten Ratchanok 21-16, 25-23 in a captivating semi-final on Saturday.With the straight-game victory, coming after seven straight finals losses, Sindhu became the first Indian to achieve the feat.
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. This was her career’s 14th title but the year’s first. Prior to this in 2018, she has won silver at the World Championships, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Thailand Open and India Open. Dubbed a bridesmaid after falling short of gold on a number of occasions, Sindhu finally broke her jinx, screamed 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.