For a girl who often found herself lurking in the shadows of the more-popular SainaNehwal, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, over the past few years, has not only carved her own niche in the competitive sport, but has now established herself as the poster girl of Indian badminton.
The pupil of decorated Pullela Gopichand has made the nation proud on the back of sublime performances, most notably her silver-medal finish at the Rio Olympics.
But, despite her ever-improving form and hardwork in training, Sindhu, and for that matter even Nehwal, found it impossible to get past Tai Tzu Ying - the 24-year-old Taiwanese who has taken the sport by storm in recent times. Ying had consistently troubled the two Indian shuttlers across tournaments, with Sindhu losing all of her six games since their meeting at Rio Olympics.
For a really long time, Indian badminton fans wondered if Sindhu can someday solve the 'Ying' puzzle. And, on 13th December, to the sheer delight of Sindhu's fans, the 23-year-old recorded her first win over the Taiwanese shuttler in past seven meetings. The Hyderabad-born shuttler stunned the World No. 1 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 in a scintillating Group A match that lasted a little over an hour.
Sindhu, who had finished runners-up in the last edition of the BWF World Tour Finals, gave ample display of her grit as she bounced back from a game down and nullified a 6-11 deficit in the final game to record an emphatic win over her arch-rival. She clinched seven consecutive points to lead her opponent 18-13 and, despite Ying's resistance, the Indian shuttler held her nerve to take the third game 21-18.
Sindhu's triumph was proof of the time and hardwork that her coach Gopichand and the Indian shuttler had invested to break her jinx against Ying. Thus, there was no surprise to see Indian badminton fans hailing her win on the social media.
Great victory. Tai was a bugbear for both Sindhu and Saina since the last 18 months or so. Suggest Sindhu share her experience of beating Tai with Saina too..— Anand Broto Bose (@andyboser) December 13, 2018
Go Girl. Incredible you are.— dr.m.govardhan (@drmg12) December 13, 2018
Proud Moments for ALL. Congrats and Best Wishes for Title..ðð— Vastu-Utsav (@grg1202) December 13, 2018
Finally a win over No.1— Shadab (@lubdubshadub) December 13, 2018
Atlast!— adialb (@aditya5495) December 13, 2018
Waiting since long for this news...finally Tai Tzu Ying defeated by an Indian...PV Sindhu more power & Strength to you...U beauty..â¤https://t.co/Yyqt3dOiyz— Bin (@BinKumar92) December 13, 2018
After 6 straight defeats , PV Sindhu gets the win over World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 in 61 minutes. 2 wins in 2 matches at #WorldTourFinals. Beiwen Zhang (USA) next. Well Done @Pvsindhu1#ShineOn— Anand Narasimhan (@AnchorAnandN) December 13, 2018
Good going, we need the cup this time— Sachin pant (@Sachinpant13) December 13, 2018
Wow Sindhu what a revenge! Tai decoded! Kudos!!— SCUBEK (@SCUBEK) December 13, 2018