Modi, Sachin, Amitabh hail Sindhu's fighting spirit

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Modi, Sachin, Amitabh hail Sindhus fighting spirit
PV Sindhu lost an epic World Badminton Championships final to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-19 20-22 22-20 in what was the longest match of the tournament (AFP)

Dubai - Sindhu lost to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-19 20-22 22-20 in the World Badminton Championships final

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Published: Mon 28 Aug 2017, 3:55 PM

Last updated: Mon 28 Aug 2017, 6:39 PM

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu may have lost another chance to win a gold medal at the highest level, but her superb skills and incredible fighting spirit won the hearts of a billion people. 
Sindhu lost an epic World Badminton Championships final to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-19 20-22 22-20 in what was the longest match of the tournament.
After the dramatic one-hour-49-minute battle left Sindhu, who had lost the Rio Olympics final to Carolina Marin last year, with a broken heart, the TV commentator had no doubt on her mind that it was one of the greatest matches in the history of the world badminton championships. 

There were long rallies (one in the second set game point for Sindhu had 63 shots), deft net play, elegant drop sots and powerful smashes. And when you add the never-say-die spirit of both the players, you know that those who watched this epic battle in the Glasgow arena will talk about this clash in years to come.
"I am upset. In the third game, it was anybody's game at 20-all. Everybody aims for gold and I was there very close but that last moment changed everything," Sindhu later said.
"She (Okuhara) is not an easy player. Every time we have played it is not easy, it is tough, tough rallies. We never left any shuttle. I was prepared for a long match but I guess it was not my day.
"Each rally was long and we both were fired up and we both were fighting hard and it was so close, we were going like 14-14 18-18 and after 20-20 it is anybody's game. It was a big match, a good match but unfortunately I couldn't win."
Despite the heartbreaking defeat, Sindhu has received incredible support from the countrymen. Leading the tributes to Sindhu, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter: "Well played @Pvsindhu1! We are proud of your game at the @2017BWC finals. Congratulations."
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter to hail the Indian badminton star. "2 of India's finest in badminton bring home a Silver & a Bronze at the #WorldBadmintonChampionionship Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 & @NSaina," Tendulkar twitted, referring to Saina Nehwal's bronze medal in the same tournament.
Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan was also all praise for Sindhu and hailed her as a champion despite the final defeat.  
"T 2529 - #Sindhu , #Pvsindhu1 .. you made India proud .. you are a Champion .. spirit, guts, endurance .. for me you won .. never gave up," Amitabh tweeted. 
In fact, lot of other public figures, including cricketers, saluted Sindhu's spirit on Twitter. 
We have brought you some of those tweets below.   


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