Sindhu: 'World Tour finals win should answer my critics'

P.V. Sindhu, who had lost successive finals, beat her finals blues as she won the BWF World Tour finals on Sunday.

P.V. Sindhu defeated Nozomi Okuhara in straight sets in the final of the BWF World Tour Finals.   -  AP

P.V. Sindhu broke her finals jinx with a historic triumph at the BWF World Tour Finals on Sunday, beating Nozomi Okuhara 21-19 21-17 in the final.

Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu, who had lost seven successive summit clashes, put doubts to rest as she lifted the prestigious season-ending trophy.

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"It is a great feeling to end the year on a high. Winning the BWF World Tour Finals and being the first Indian to do so is a very special feeling", said a delighted P.V. Sindhu.

"You don't get these kind of matches very often, featuring the top players with little to separate them. And, it is never easy to win such a prestigious title too," the 23-year-old champion shuttler said in a chat with Sportstar.

Sindhu overcame Tai Tzu Ying, who beat her in the Asian Games final, in the semifinal of the tournament. "Well, beating Tai Tzu was definitely very special. For long, I have been waiting and I must tell you that the preparations, though not different from any other major Super Series, were really good. This title coming before the new year which is the Olympics qualifying year is a huge morale booster," she said.

Sindhu feels that the BWF World Tour finals win will answer her critics.

"Now, I think this win should answer all my fans and critics [who were wondering] what was happening to me in the five finals I lost this year. I repeat, even when you lose it doesn't necessarily mean that you played badly," says Sindhu.

"I must thank all the support staff including coached Gopi Sir, Siya (Siyadutt who accompanied her), and my physio Srikanth for ensuring that I had the same endurance levels consistently in such a demanding championship," she said.