PV Sindhu won the finals of the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals in China on Sunday. Sindhu, ranked sixth in the world, defeated World No 5, and defending champion, Nozomi Okuhara in straight sets 21-19, 21-17 to clinch that elusive gold medal at a major tournament.
In the finals, Sindhu faced her old nemesis, Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. The scoreline belies the seesaw nature of the match as the two shuttlers pushed each other to the limit. Sindhu started off in high spirited as she went up 14-6 in the first game. But Okuhara fought her way back and leveled the scores at 16-16. Then, again, Sindhu won some crucial points at the end to close out the first game 21-19.
In the second game also, both the players fought valiantly for each point. However, Sindhu was always slightly ahead of Okuhara. Okuhara committed a couple of errors that helped Sindhu get three match points. There was to be no comeback from Okuhara in the second game, and Sindhu converted her first match point to win the final and She won the second game 21-17. Then she maiden BWF World Tour Finals title.
Sindhu is also becoming the first Indian to win this tournament. The sight of PV Sindhu falling to her knees after the last point, with tears running down her face, will likely become an iconic moment in Indian sports. This win is a big relief to the badminton ace who had faltered in the finals of many tournaments including the Olympics and the Asian Game.
“I have no words, this is my first win in this year, every time I feel like coming to final and winning it but this will be the most memorable I would say because I think it was a really good game and I’m really very proud. The year has ended on a very beautiful note,” Sindhu said.
Becoming the first shuttler to win the Tour Final, the 23 years old PV Sindhu has finally achieved a gold medal after losing several major finals. She won at the BWF World Tour opposite to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan with a score of 21-19, 21-17.
After losing so many finals like 2016 Olympics, World Championships in 2017, Commonwealth games and Asian games in 2018, people started passing satirical comments on her. She surpassed those comments by trying even more hard.
After winning the title, she said, “I’m really proud, the year has ended on a beautiful note. People have been asking me the same question, Why I always lose in the final. It was good that people were asking me about losing because I had to ask myself why I was losing”.
India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Monday won the gold medal at the Asian Games 2018. This was India’s 8th gold medal at the Asian Games. Neeraj Chopra threw 83.46 metres off his first throw and that set the mark for a medal finish. Of the six attempts he got, Neeraj had committed two fouls.
His second and sixth attempts were fouls. His third attempt was 88.06 metres while his fourth was 83.25 metres and his fifth one was 86.36 metres. He also shattered his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m. Chopra’s gold is India’s only second medal in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982 in New Delhi.
Liu Qizhen of China was a distant second with a best throw of 82.22m while Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem won the bronze with an 80.75 effort. The Commonwealth Games and reigning Asian champion completely dominated the competition as he bettered his own national record of 87.43 which he had come up with in Doha during the first leg of the Diamond League series in May. None of the competitors in the field had an 85-plus throw this season.
Chopra’s biggest rival was expected to be Chao Tsun Cheng, who last year recorded a throw of 91.36m but the Chinese Taipei thrower could manage a best of 79.81 to finish fifth. Chopra, the world junior record holder of 86.48, has been in tremendous form this season as has consistently crossed the 85m mark. He won the Federation Cup in March with 85.94m, clinched a gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a throw of 86.47m, before the 87.43 effort in Doha.
Before coming here, he had 85.17 and 85.69 in France and Finland during his preparations for the Asian Games.
PV Sindhu took to Twitter expressing her anger over the ‘rude’ behaviour of an airline ground staff while flying to Mumbai.
According to Indigo Airlines, Ms Sindhu boarded flight 6E608 Hyderabad-Mumbai last carrying oversized baggage which was not fitting into the overhead bin.
The airlines also informed Sindhu that it will be moved to the cargo hold of aircraft. This is the same policy we follow for all customers.
In a series of tweets, the Olympic silver medallist claimed that Ajeetesh, who as per her works for Indigo, behaved rudely with her and an air hostess who intervened to advise him against doing so.
“Sorry to say, but I had a very bad experience flying by 6E 608 flight to Bombay on November 4, the ground staff by name Mr Ajeetesh(1/3),” Sindhu tweeted on Saturday.
She then posted a screenshot, detailing her experience. “Ground staff (skipper) Mr Ajeetesh behaved very badly and rudely with me. When the air hostess Ms Ashima tried to advise him to behave properly with me, he behaved very rudely with her too. If people like him will work for a reputed airline like indigo they will spoil their reputation @IndiGo6E,” she posted on Twitter.
Sorry to say ..i had a very bad experience😤when i was flying by 6E 608 flight to bombay on 4th nov the ground staff by name Mr ajeetesh(1/3)
Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu has been nominated for the prestigious Padma Bhushan award by the Sports Ministry on Monday. Sindhu has risen to the number two spot in the women’s singles ranking after her stupendous run in the World Championship in Glasgow in August.
The star player, who won the silver medal in Rio Olympic and became the first Indian shuttler to lift Korea Open Super Series title, is now the second athlete after former Indian skipper MS Dhoni to be nominated for the award. She joins the elite club comprising of Saina Nehwal & Pullela Gopichand.
For Sindhu, the honour adds to the illustrious awards she has already picked up this season. The 22-year old shuttler has been in spectacular touch, since she is winning Indian Open Super Series and the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title, taking our country to touch the sky of success.
On Teacher’s Day 2017, the Rio Olympic Silver medalist PV Sindhu has come up with her own unique way to pay gratitude to her coach and mentor Pullela Gopichand. The Indian badminton star has unveiled an ad spot which has been co-produced by her especially on Teacher’s Day to shed light on how motivating her coach has been ever since their successful partnership started right from the early days. Sindhu has won an Olympic medal and three World Championships medals under Gopichand
In the video ‘I Hate My Teacher feat P V Sindhu’, she reveals how she hated her coach for giving her scars, shouting at her, pushing her hard and never giving up. But she also thanks him for believing in her and to mould her into a world beater in badminton.
Sindhu could not help but feel indebted to coach for his relentless pursuit of excellence. Turning a producer for the Gatorade digital film was a heartfelt gesture that she made for her coach. And the video is an ode to Gopichand for his motivation, guidance and efforts.
Through the video I Hate My Teacher, the brand ambassador of Gatorade, Sindhu portrayed the love-hate relationship between any student and the mentor. The video also gives us a glimpse of Sindhu’s journey and her equation with Gopichand.
In an interview P V Sindhu said, “This Teacher’s Day, I dedicate all my success to him and urge everyone else to also honour the driving force in their lives. Let’s hate our teachers for pushing us further and believing in us more than we believe in ourselves.”
In fact, Pullela Gopichand is also very proud of the Indian badminton poster girl Sindhu and believes that considering Sindhu is only 22,year-old, she will have a lot of gold medals by the time she retires.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is the youngest Indian to win a medal in an individual event in Olympics. PV Sindhu is one of those sports icons whose goals are clear in life. The sports icons like Sania Mirza, Virat Kohli have raised the style takes ever since they’ve joined the profession. Now the youngest Indian sportsperson to join the league is none other than PV Sindhu. PV Sindhu the badminton girl is now showing deep interest towards her fashion goals.
The recent photoshoot of this statuesque shuttler proves that she can cut an elegant picture in almost every look she dons. Sindhu graced the cover of a women’s magazine in a gray lace dress. She completed her look with nude pumps. Soft-pink lip shade and smokey eyes further accentuated her million-dollar smile on the cover image. When Sindhu opted for an Anisha Vupalla crop top for her first look post-victory, it was pretty clear that her fashion game is too strong to be challenged. Recently the badminton champion spotted looking gorgeous in a white pantsuit.
Sindhu was seen wearing the glistening Wildflowers Pantsuit from Inward by designer Bhaavya Bhatnagar over a purple T-shirt.
Click baiting and Journalism is now a Jai and Veeru of convergence medium, just to grab some clicks media houses often gives us misleading titles to grab our attention, and that what one reputed media house apparently done with one shuttler legend’s wife. We are talking about Mumbai Mirror who perhaps gave the worst headline possible after getting an exclusive interview with PVV Lakshmi, the wife of Pullela Gopichand.
Lakshmi herself was a former national Badminton player who represented India in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and now, helps her husband run the academy in Hyderabad. And this is what the headline reads:
PV SINDHU HAS WHAT I DIDN’T HAVE – MY HUSBAND
And this is the actual quote from which it was drawn:
“Sindhu has what I didn’t have back then – my husband as coach,” she said.
Sindhu now has the highest medal for a Indian woman at the Olympics, The quote was in reference to her husband, who is being hailed as the “Dronacharya” of Indian badminton for having successfully groomed star players like Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu in his academy. Sindhu recently scripted history in Rio Olympics by becoming the first Indian woman to win silver at the Olympics.
And Twitterati were not at all happy with the loosely attempt of clickbaiting.
Writer: "We have a quote from Gopichand's wife about what a great coach he is; any headline ideas?" Mumbai Mirror: pic.twitter.com/AnRSne9miw
Recently Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra has also became a victim of the same misleading headline issue when HT Entertainment used their creative minds and enough mumbojumbo to make a headline, which made sure that audience will think there’s a rift between Alia Bhatt and Parineeti.
@aliaa08 is doing the films I did at the beginning of my career: @ParineetiChopra
But the actual quote is
Alia is doing some extraordinary movies now like i had done in beginning of my career.