Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu battled past Chinese Sun Yu to win her first BWF Superseries Premier title at the China Open badminton tournament in Fuzhou on Sunday.
The Indian seventh seed won the first game 21-11, but lost the next 17-21 before registering a 21-11 triumph in the final game to clinch the title.
The final lasted an hour and nine minutes. It was 21-year-old Sindhu's maiden title. This win also was double World Championships bronze medallist Sindhu's third in six games against Sun.
Sindhu looked on the offensive from the beginning and quickly raced to a 7-2 lead that became 11-6 at the mid-game interval.
Moving sharply within the court, she showed her repertoire of strokes to bag five consecutive points that made it 17-7. She then comfortably won the first game 21-11.
The victory has only helped further consolidate 2016 as a game-changing year for Sindhu, who had earlier come within inches of beating Carolina Marin in the women's singles final at the Rio Olympics .
The Olympic silver medal propelled her to superstardom in India and she, along with wrestler Sakshi Malik and gymnast Dipa Karmakar, were accorded a rousing reception back home, and all three were presented BMW cars by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
The latest win, with which Sindhu became the third non-Chinese player to win the title in 30 years, has helped India maintain its firm footing in the tournament, with Saina Nehwal finishing as winner and runners-up in the last two editions.
The win was celebrated by the Indians on social media, and well-known faces from various walks of life took to Twitter to express their elation over Sindhu's victory, and to congratulate the young badminton star from Hyderabad.
Let us take a look at some of the tweets doing the rounds on Sunday evening, starting with Sindhu's fellow sportspeople and those associated with Indian sports:
— Parupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) November 20, 2016
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 20, 2016
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 20, 2016
My 2 & half yr old daughter running around the home with her racquet shouting "I am Sindhu" #PositiveRoleModels
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) November 20, 2016
— Lt. Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) November 20, 2016
Another milestone for @Pvsindhu1. Higher and higher. Wish you many more
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 20, 2016
The Indian film fraternity, aka Bollywood, were not to be left behind in this regard:
T 2448 - PV Sindhu wins the China Open Badminton championship .. CONGRATULATIONS .. INDIA THE BEST !! YOU MADE US PROUD Pusarla .. YEAAH !!
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 20, 2016
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) November 20, 2016
Congratulations Sindhu , and thank you , once again you have made all of us proud .
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) November 20, 2016
— Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) November 20, 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi might find himself tangled in a series of issues, but he did find time not only for a video message in the recently-concluded Global Citizen Festival in Mumbai, but to congratulate Sindhu as well:
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2016
There were also well known people from the corporate sector who chipped in with their inputs, like leading female entrepreneur Kiran Mazumdar Shaw:
— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) November 20, 2016
Famous sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik paid his tribute:
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) November 20, 2016
With inputs from IANS