Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu on Sunday presented one of the best gifts possible to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 67th birthday. Sindhu, who clinched her maiden Korea Open Super Series title earlier in the day, dedicated her victory to the Prime Minister on the special occaission.
Olympic silver medallist Sindhu defeated world champion Nozomi Okuhara in a thrilling summit clash to clinch the women's singles title at the Korea Open Super Series.
The 22-year-old Indian saw off eighth seed Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 20-18 in an energy-sapping contest that lasted an hour and 23 minutes to exact sweet revenge of her heart-wrenching World Championship final loss to the Japanese at Glasgow last month.
Soon after Sindhu's victory, PM Modi took to twitter to congratulate the Hyderabadi shuttler.
Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 on emerging victorious in the Korea Open Super Series. India is immensely proud of her accomplishment: PM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 17, 2017
"Congratulations to PV Sindhu on emerging victorious in the Korea Open Super Series. India is immensely proud of her accomplishment: PM," wrote the Prime Minister.
Sindhu replied to the Prime Minister's tweet, saying that she dedicates her victory to the "beloved Prime Minister".
"I dedicate this victory for our beloved Prime Minister Shri Modiji on his Birthday for his untiring and self less services to our country," Sindhu tweeted.
I dedicate this Victory for our beloved Prime Minister Shri Modiji on his Birthday for his untiring and self less services to our Country. https://t.co/frsNmZvtkK— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) September 17, 2017
Today's summit clash also turned out to be another electrifying contest as Sindhu displayed great stubbornness to lay claim to her third super series title of her career.
World No.4 Sindhu, who had clinched the 2016 China Super Series Premier and India Open Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this season, thus dashed Okuhara's bid to win her third straight title after winning the Australian Open and the World Championships.
The win also helped Sindhu to level her head-to-head record against Okuhara, making it 4-4 in eight meetings.