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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  1. This World Championships is a badminton tournament which was held from 19 to 25 August at St. Jakobshalle in Basel, Switzerland.
  2. Basel was chosen to be the host of the 2019 edition of the championships over 2020 Summer Olympics host city, Tokyo. 
  3. The bid was approved by the Badminton World Federation during a council meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.