Rising Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu clinched the Asia youth under-19 championship with a thrilling three-game victory over Japan’s Okuhara Nozomi at Gimcheon, Korea on Saturday.
The top-seeded Indian, who turned 17 last Thursday, bounced back from a game down to see off the second-seeded Japanese 18-21, 21-17, 22-20 in almost an hour in the women’s singles final at the Gimcheon Indoor Stadium.
The world No. 25 Sindhu had defeated third seed Thai Ongbamrungphan Busanan and sixth seed Sun Yu of China in the semifinals and quarterfinals respectively. “She is very happy with the win. We spoke to her through skype. She will be coming to Delhi on Monday night and travel back to Hyderabad the next morning,” Sindhu’s father P.V. Ramana, also an ace Indian volleyball player, said.
Another promising shuttler and top seed Sameer Verma had lost in the semifinals to third seed Momota Kento of Japan on Friday.