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BWF World Championships 2019 Final Highlights: PV Sindhu bags gold after beating Nozomi Okuhara

BWF World Championships 2019 Final Highlights: PV Sindhu took the game in straight games against the World No. 4 Nozomi Okuhara after a dominant performance.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: August 26, 2019 11:00:38 am
BWF World Championships 2019 Final Live: Sindhu eyes gold

BWF World Championships 2019 Final Highlights: PV Sindhu won the gold medal at the BWF World Championships after defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in straight games by 21-7, 21-7 in just 37 minutes. She became the first Indian to bag a gold medal at the World Championships.

Marching towards the summit clash, Sindhu first defeated the former World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the quarters and then secured a comfortable straight games victory over All England Champion Chen Yu Fei in the semis. While the 2017 World Champion Okuhara had to settle for just a silver, China’s Chen Yufei and Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon won the bronze.


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BWF World Championships 2019 Final Highlights:

18:13 (IST)25 Aug 2019

PV Sindhu played a confident, one-sided final to become the World Champion. Finally! She becomes the first Indian to win a GOLD at the BWF World Champions. Sindhu put 2017 World Championships final behind her to beat Okuhara 21-7, 21-7

18:09 (IST)25 Aug 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 19-6 Okuhara

Sindhu loses the challenge but she is winning the World title for sure. There is no stopping the Indian shuttler! Gopichand can't stop smiling as Sindhu sends one smash after the other. 

18:06 (IST)25 Aug 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 14-4 Okuhara

A ten-point advantage as it has become a one-sided match. Sindhu bags five back-to-back points and is in a complete merciless mode.

18:00 (IST)25 Aug 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 11-4 Okuhara

A seven-point advantage for PV Sindhu as she goes in the second mid-game break with the score reading 11-4. Okuhara wins a few points but it is Sindhu who has continued her dominance in the second game as well

17:59 (IST)25 Aug 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 5-2 Okuhara

Sindhu looks in a hurry to win that elusive gold, create history and become India's superstar once again! Powerful smashes by Sindhu, who sends Okuhara flying everywhere on the court.

17:55 (IST)25 Aug 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 2-0 Okuhara

Okuhara displaying signs of frustration as she loses the first two points in the second game against Sindhu. A tame backhand into the net by Okuhara, who looks angry at herself 

17:50 (IST)25 Aug 2019
1st game: Sindhu 21-7 Okuhara

Oh sweet revenge! PV Sindhu wins the first game! After taking a monstrous lead, she takes the game home by 21-7 after outplaying and outwitting Nozomi Okuhara. The ace Indian shuttler had 13 game points.

17:47 (IST)25 Aug 2019
1st game: Sindhu 18-4 Okuhara

Sindhu is showing attacking as well as defensive skills that Okuhara simply has no answer to, at least till now. She has taken a FOURTEEN point lead over the Japanese shuttler, who managed to win two points on the trot. Sindhu is in complete control here. 

17:44 (IST)25 Aug 2019
1st game: Sindhu 15-2 Okuhara

Sindhu is killing it! What a joy to watch Sindhu take revenge for stealing her 2017 title. Sindhu is completely using her height to gain points here and is in a complete attack mode. However, we cannot take Okuhara for granted. She is totally capable of making a comeback this late in the game. 

17:42 (IST)25 Aug 2019
1st game: Sindhu 11-2 Okuhara

Sindhu is on fire!!!! The first bumps are already in and the title clash has just reached its first mid-game break. So many brilliant pick-ups as Sindhu goes into the break with a NINE point lead. Can't say that Okuhara is playing bad but she has not been able to match Sindhu till now. Brilliant stuff from the Indian shuttler!

17:38 (IST)25 Aug 2019
1st game: Sindhu 8-1 Okuhara

Good, confident start by Sindhu, who is leaving no chance for Okuhara to take a point after the first one. The Indian shuttler has taken SEVEN points on the trot to make it 8-1, thanks to good judgement and using her height to her advantage. Okuhara failed to reach two of the shots. 

17:34 (IST)25 Aug 2019
1st game: Sindhu 2-1 Okuhara

Sindhu's loses first point to Okuhara after a long rally as it goes wide. She responds by taking the next two points

17:33 (IST)25 Aug 2019
Sindhu final underway

And the much-awaited final is underway. PV Sindhu takes on World No. 4 Okuhara in hope of India's first-ever gold. 

17:28 (IST)25 Aug 2019
Sindhu takes the court

The medal ceremony of women's doubles is finally done. PV Sindhu takes the court against Okuhara in World Championships final. Match to begin after a few minutes of warm-up. Excitement building up...

17:10 (IST)25 Aug 2019
Thrilling women's doubles final has a champion

Defending champions Nagahara and Matsutomo win a thrilling all-Japanese women's doubles against Fukushima and Hirota. Sindhu to take on the court after their medal ceremony is done. 

16:11 (IST)25 Aug 2019
2019 ain't 2017

Some reckon that if Sindhu can keep the unforced errors in check and keep the pace at which she’s been playing this week, the title is her’s for the taking. Sure there will be a point after every four or five in spurts, where Okuhara will try breaking the momentum and drag Sindhu into a stretched slugfest.But just look at Sindhu’s defense on a smash to her backhand and how she swats it away cross or the poise with which she pushes calmly at the net, and you’ll know 2019 ain’t 2017. READ MORE

16:09 (IST)25 Aug 2019
Remember Sindhu vs Okuhara in 2017 final?

Such is the allure of Sindhu's 2017 World’s loss in a titanic final to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. That 73-shot rally at Glasgow, the match nearing 2 hours, that breathless retrieving, the wafer-thin scoreline deficit, Okuhara’s arching back, Sindhu’s desperate forecourt lunges and that doomed net tap. READ MORE

16:05 (IST)25 Aug 2019
Sindhu: I am not satisfied yet

After beating Chen Yu Fei in the semifinal yesterday, PV Sindhu said, "It is important to keep yourself focused. It is not over yet for me. Yeah, I am happy but not satisfied yet. There is one more match to go and I would want to get the gold,” Sindhu told reporters after her win. It is not going to be easy. I have to be focused, patient and give my best in the final.”

15:53 (IST)25 Aug 2019
Sindhu is up next

The day of World Championships final has begun. The women's doubles final is underway between Japanese pairs Mayu Matsumito-Wakana Nagahara and Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota. Next up is Sindhu's title clash. Stay tuned.

15:48 (IST)25 Aug 2019
World Championships final LIVE

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu's final clash in the BWF World Championships final. This is the third consecutive time that Sindhu has made it to the final of the elite competition. The last two times, she fell short of gold. Stay tuned for live score and updates of the final clash here.

The duo is back at Basel’s 2019 World Championship final, for Season 2 of this epic drama, with all of India neck-deep in love with badminton’s iconic women’s singles rivalry. The country’s seldom had an athlete as dominant as Sindhu at the topmost levels of racquet sports. That she keeps missing gold in finals, has nevertheless kept Indians parched and hungry for a title victory.