India celebrates badminton World Championships gold

India celebrates badminton World Championships gold

Indian fans are celebrating after badminton player PV Sindhu won the World Championships in Switzerland.

She defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 on Sunday, becoming the first Indian to win the coveted title.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan were among those who praised her historic achievement.

Narendra Modi: «The stupendously talented PV Sindhu makes India proud again! Congratulations to her for winning the Gold at the BWF World Championships. The passion and dedication with which she’s pursued badminton is inspiring. PV Sindhu’s success will inspire generations of players».

Sindhu won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and another at the Asian Games two years later.

World Championships in Switzerland

She has become a household name in India, where cricket players have traditionally been the most popular sports stars.

Sindhu dominated the match in Basel and won the first game in just 16 minutes. Twitter was quickly filled with posts celebrating her win.

Sindhu lost two consecutive finals of the championship in 2017 and 2018, but clinched the gold on Sunday with a mix of brute power, patience and strategy.

She took the seventh spot in Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of the highest-earning female athletes, with a weekly income of $163,000.