Gold at last for 'proud' Sindhu as Shi stuns Momota

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Shi Yuqi poses with his gold medal and the trophy after beating world No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan in the men's singles final of the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, on Sunday. The home favorite won 21-12, 21-11.

An emotional PV Sindhu finally got her hands on gold at badminton's season-ending World Tour Finals on Sunday while in the men's decider China's Shi Yuqi exacted stunning revenge over No. 1 Kento Momota.

The 23-year-old Indian Sindhu has suffered a series of near-misses in recent years, winning silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and again at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games this year.

The world No. 6, renowned for her never-say-die attitude, has also twice lost in the final of the world championships and was runner-up in last year's season finale.

But she put all that heartbreak behind her in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, beating the fifth-ranked Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-17 in the women's final in just over an hour.

Sindhu, who was always in control of the match, sealed the championship with a forehand smash, before collapsing to the court floor on her hands and knees, physically and emotionally exhausted.

"I'm really proud, the year has ended on a beautiful note," said Sindhu.

"People have been asking me the same question, I think the question won't come again — asking why I always lose in the final.

"It was good that people were asking me about losing so many finals because I had to ask myself why I was losing.

"Finally I got the answer."

The men's final, a mouth-watering showdown between the two top-ranked players in the world, was a re-run of the world championship decider in August.

On that occasion, the 22-year-old Shi — the new star of Chinese men's badminton — was well beaten by Momota.

But roared on by the crowd in Guangzhou, Shi got revenge in emphatic fashion, beating the tournament favorite 21-12, 21-11 in a surprisingly one-sided encounter for the biggest win of his young career.

Significantly, it was the first time Shi has beaten Momota, 24, the outstanding player this year.

"I’m thrilled as I’d never beaten Momota and to do it on this stage is very special," said Shi, who has overtaken Olympic champions Chen Long and Lin Dan to become China's leading male player.

China also won the men’s doubles and mixed doubles gold, with Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen easing past Japanese duo Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 21-15, 21—11 to take the men’s doubles title and Wang Yilu and Huang Dongping seeing off compatriots Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong in the mixed doubles final.

The women’s doubles gold went to Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, who beat South Koreans Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan 21-12, 22-20.

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