First Indian to win BWC's gold
P.V. Sindhu on 25 August 2019 became the first Indian to win a Badminton World Championships (BWC's) gold by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final in Basel. The Indian won 21-7 21-7 in the summit clash that lasted just 38 minutes. Two years after being robbed off 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 ghost of that heart-wrenching loss with a completely dominating win over the same opponent.
- 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 successive silvers and a couple of bronze medals.
- Sindhu has also won an Olympic silver in 2016 Rio Games, a silver at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, an Asian Games silver at Jakarta and the BWF World Tour Finals last year.
- The fifth seeded Indian, who enjoyed a 8-7 head-to-head lead over third seeded Okuhara ahead of contest, was simply unstoppable as she dished out an attacking game right from the start to race to 8-1 lead.
- This World Championships is a badminton tournament which was held from 19 to 25 August at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland.
- Basel was chosen to be the host of the 2019 edition of the championships over 2020 Summer Olympics host city, Tokyo.
- The bid was approved by the Badminton World Federation during a council meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.