Indian ace shuttler PV Sindhu on Sunday defeated Japanese Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-17 to lift her maiden BWF World Tour Finals title in Guangzhou, China.
Sindhu, who had achieved second podium finishes in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Championships, finally broke her final jinx as she win the match in straight sets.
Sindhu became the first Indian to win a BWF World Finals. Sindhu qualified for the finals after defeating Ratchanok Itnanon in the semifinals.
Sindhu won the title of Sunday after eight consecutive final defeats. Since September 17, 2017 at the Korea Open, Sindhu reached the finals of Hong Kong Open, Thailand Open, India Open, BWF World Tour Finals, Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Asian Games but came out with a silver medal each time.
Sindhu had lost a final to Okuhara in the World Championships last year and that was a classic but on Sunday, Sindhu was on top at almost all times.
She dominated the first game after Okuhara made a couple of errors early in the match. That gave Sindhu the momentum and in no time she led 11-6 in the first game.
Okuhara then came back strongly and made it 16-16 but Sindhu kept nerves and took the first game in 29 minutes.
Sindhu again started the second game in fine fashion and took an early lead. However, Okuhara came right back and levelled it at 7-7. However, Sindhu went into the break with an 11-9 lead after a 16-minute battle.
Sindhu showed amazing skills after that and took the match after winning straight games.