Hyderabad, 26 Aug 2019: India’s World Badminton Championship-winner PV Sindhu’s mother, P. Vijaya said the Sindhu always gave her birthday presents and this time she has given her and the nation a special gift. She was responding to Sindhu winning the World Cup crown on Sunday.
Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships, crushing Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 36 minutes in a one-sided final in Basel, Switzerland. After owning the coveted prize, elated Sindhu said: “I would like to thank my coach (South Korean Kim Ji Hyun) and Gopi sir (Pullela Gopichand) and also my parents. Today is my mother’s birthday, so happy birthday mom”.
Celebrations broke out at Sindhu’s house here as soon as she landed the coveted world title. Vijaya and other family members, who were watching the final live on television, congratulated each other and distributed sweets soon after Sindhu’s victory.
“It’s a great moment for all of us. We are proud and happy over her historic win,” said Vijaya, a former national level volleyball player.
This was Sindhu’s third consecutive final at the World Championships, having been beaten by Okuhara in 2017 and Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain in 2018. Sindhu had also won bronze in 2013 when she was just 18 and repeated the feat the very next year.