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World Badminton C'ships: PM Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind laud P.V. Sindhu

News Agencies | Updated on: 28 August 2017, 11:33 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind have heaped praises on Indian badminton star P.V. Sindhu after she made the country proud by clinching the silver medal at the World Badminton Championships in Glosgow, Scotland.

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Modi wrote, "Well played @Pvsindhu1! We are proud of your game at the @2017BWC finals. Congratulations."

President Kovind, on the other hand, lauded both Sindhu as well as bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal for making the country proud.

"Well done Sindhu & Saina. India is very proud of you & your medals. Congrats to Japan's Okuhara for an incredible victory #PresidentKovind," he tweeted.

The Rio Olympic silver-medallist gave it her all in the breathtaking final of the women's singles event, but she had to eventually settle for the silver at the World Championship.

In a close summit showdown that lasted for one hour and 50 minute, the longest match of the tournament so far, Sindhu lost the title 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on Sunday.

It was the third medal for Sindhu in the World Championships. She had won bronze twice in the 2013 and 2014 editions.

Sindhu also became the only second Indian to reach the finals of World Championship after Saina Nehwal achieved that feat in the last edition of the tournament at Jakarta.

The Hyderabadi shuttler had assured India of a silver medal with a straight games win over Chen Yufei of China in the semi-final clash.

Sindhu, who has been in a rampaging form ever since her Rio Olympics final defeat to Spain's Carolina Marin, had earlier clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title at China Open last year before winning the India Super Series in April. She also won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January.

Nehwal, on the other hand, had to settle with the Bronze in Glasgow after going down 21-12, 17-21, 10-21 to Okuhara in the semi-final match of the tournament. 


First published: 28 August 2017, 11:28 IST