It's gold for India's golden girl: PV Sindhu etches a glorious history for the first time in her career!

India's badminton superstar PV Sindhu has etched a glorious history by winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games for the first time in her illustrious career. She clinched the milestone on Monday - August 8, a week ahead of India's 75th Independence Day. 27-year-old Sindhu has become the talk of the nation as she bags a crucial medal that was missing at her store. 

She defeated Canada's Mitchelle Li in the final that was held on Monday after claiming straight points of 21-15 and 21-13. With the Gold, Sindhu now has all three medals from the Commonwealth games. She won a bronze medal in the 2014 Glasgow games and silver in Gold Coast, Australia, four years ago. On Monday, she stood top of the podium by grabbing the Gold medal in the women's singles badminton finals. India's medal girl is all set to receive a rousing welcome when she arrives in India. 

The current edition of the Commonwealth games has been hosted by Birmingham in the UK and with good support from the crowd, Sindhu started the first game aggressively. Though her opponent, Canadian Michelle Li, had posed a comeback, Sindhu had successfully kept the winning momentum with her and with the victory, Sindhu has paid Michelle back for defeating the former in the 2014 Glasgow games.  

Earlier, Sindhu had won Gold in the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011 and with the latest Golden medal, the Indian shuttler's career has taken a major turn as she retains to be the world's top badminton player. In Olympics, she has won a Bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Games and a Silver Medal in the 2020 Tokyo games. She also won a Silver medal in the Asian Games in 2018 and now, she has won the medal after a hard-fought chase. 

In the finals on Monday, the Indian tricolour had flown on the top as the entire country is celebrating Sindhu's stupendous achievement. After winning the Gold medal, Sindhu thanked the crowds for their encouragement. She said, "I had been waiting for this gold for a long time and finally, I have got it. I am super happy. Thanks to the crowd, they made me win today." 

Indian President Droupadi Murmu took to Twitter and wrote, "P V Sindhu has won the nation's heart by winning a historic badminton gold at #CommonwealthGames. You created magic on the court, enthralling millions. Your masterly win makes our Tiranga fly high & our national anthem resonates at Birmingham. Heartiest congratulations!" Outgoing Vice President Venkaiah Naidu wrote, "PV Sindhu continues to bring glory to the nation. Heartiest congratulations to her for clinching a Gold medal in Badminton Women's Singles event at #CWG. She has yet again proved that her hard work & determination know no bounds. Wishing her many more such triumphs in the future."

Praising Sindhu as a champion of champions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, "The phenomenal @Pvsindhu1 is a champion of champions! She repeatedly shows what excellence is all about. Her dedication and commitment are awe-inspiring. Congratulations to her on winning the Gold medal at the CWG. Wishing her the best for her future endeavours."

Union Home Minister took to Twitter and wrote, "An absolutely outstanding performance by our ace shuttler @Pvsindhu1. You are India’s pride. Congratulations on clinching the Gold medal in the women's singles badminton final at CWG and making India proud." Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wrote, "Congratulations to PV Sindhu for winning the Gold Medal at the Birmingham games. India is delighted at this historic accomplishment. May you keep scaling higher and newer heights of success and continue inspiring others. My best wishes."