Photo :|25-Aug-2019 22:58

No more bronze, no more silver – she is finally the undisputed golden girl!

A year after she dissolved into tears in Nanjing, Pusarla V Sindhu silenced her critics and vanquished her demons in emphatic, thumping fashion this afternoon, winning the women’s singles world title in her third consecutive final.

The 24-year-old Indian produced the most devastating performance of her career, bludgeoning Nozomi Okuhara into submission 21-7 21-7 in 38 minutes at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019.

Forget their 110-minute marathon in Glasgow that ended in Okuhara’s favour two years ago, and the loss to Carolina Marin last year, this time it was all “Sindhu, Sindhu” with the 9,000 fans packed into St. Jakobshalle urging her on to a brighter destiny. For them, and for her 1.35 billion compatriots back home, she delivered with an all-round display that gave her Japanese rival no chance whatsoever.

Mostly though, she delivered for herself.

Tired of endless questions about if she would ever get gold – and with the added incentive of the final falling on her mother’s birthday – the usually bubbly athlete strode onto court looking serious and meaning business – and it was business from the buzzer.

Whether attacking, defending or rallying, Pusarla bossed the match, repeatedly catching the powerless Okuhara off-guard with clinical kills as she rushed to net, anticipating the flight of the next shuttle. When her job was done and the victory won, she at last could proclaim herself a champion.

“I’m so happy. I was expecting this for a long time. It’s definitely a proud moment for me and for India. A lot of people have been waiting,” said the new queen of badminton.

“This is my answer to the people who have asked me questions over and over. I just wanted to answer with my racket and with this win – that’s all.”

Back to her effervescent best in the aftermath, she giggled at the thought of more, if different, questions now.

“Yes, people are already asking ‘Sindhu, what about gold in Tokyo 2020?’,” she said, adding that today will “motivate me a lot more”.

“Badminton is my passion and I feel that I can win more titles.”