Almost two hours of fantastic badminton ended in disappointment for India's PV Sindhu, who played her heart out but in the end lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the women's singles final of the 2017 BWF World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
Over the space of two days, Okuhara has dealt the two biggest names in Indian badminton two bruising defeats.
For long the pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa has been the sole Indian hope for a doubles medal at major badminton tournaments.
Axelsen, who won the bronze in the 2014 worlds and 2016 Rio Olympics, was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency: "I am still a little out of words, I never expected to win that comfortably, I am very happy". Sindhu failed to cross the last hurdle against Okuhara in the final of the World Championships in Glasgow and was forced to settle for a silver medal.
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Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also tweeted to congratulate Sindhu for her wonderful match performance. She defeated strong home favourites Wang Yihan and Wang Shixian in successive rounds to book her place in the semi-final.
With this win, Sindhu also became the only second Indian to reach the final of a World Championship after Saina achieved that feat in the last edition at Jakarta. The highest number of rally was 73 shots in the second game, the point that gave Sindhu a comeback and pushed the match into a decider. "It's a dream come true, ever since I was a little boy I dreamed of a World Championships final". Okuhara conceded a point with a service error but a judgement error from Saina at the baseline again gave the Japanese a slender 17-16 lead. But this time the Pullela Gopichand protégé did not allow Nozomi to hit smashes, picking her shots early and finishing them.
This has been India's best World Championship so far with two podium finishes for the first time in history.
As per the reports by PTI, before this edition, India had only one silver and four bronze medals in the World Championships.