Gold winner: On Sindhu’s victory at the Badminton Worlds

Gold winner: On Sindhu’s victory at the Badminton Worlds

Sindhu is on course to become India’s greatest woman athlete ever
P.V. Sindhu’s victory at the badminton World Championships ought to be regarded as one of the finest(बेहतरीन ) achievements(उपलब्धियां) in the history of Indian sport. No Indian shuttler had claimed(दावा किया) the World title before; certainly(निश्चित रूप से) no one after Prakash Padukone and P. Gopichand came close to matching their All-England wins. With her brutal(कठोर/क्रूर) 38-minute dismantling(ध्वस्त/गिराना) of Nozomi Okuhara in Basel, Sindhu has broken new ground. After a string of losses(हार) in major finals, including the 2016 Olympic Games, the 2017 and 2018 World Championships, and the 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games, Sindhu’s big-game temperament(स्वभाव) had been questioned, even if unfairly(गलत तरीके से). Those doubts have now been answered emphatically(प्रभाव से/ज़ोर के साथ) . Two years ago, Sindhu had lost to Okuhara in heartbreaking(उदास/शोकाकुल) fashion at the same juncture; this time, Sindhu battered(पस्त कर दिया/चकनाचूर) her Japanese rival(प्रतिद्वंद्वी ). The 24-year-old from Hyderabad showcased some ferocious (भयंकर)hitting, her 21-7, 21-7 win the most resounding(शानदार/गूंजना ) margin(लाभ) in the women’s singles final at the Worlds since the 21-point format was adopted in 2006. Indeed, Sindhu was in tremendous(अद्भुत/आश्चर्यजनक) form throughout(दौरान) the Championships, dropping only one game — to old foe Tai Tzu-Ying in the quarterfinals — over the entire(पूरे ) week. That win over Tzu-Ying, from a game down, seemed a “turning point”(मोड़); in the semi-finals, World No. 3 Chen Yufei was simply tossed(पटकना/फेंकना) aside.

The World Championships triumph(जीत) now augurs (शुभ संकेत)well for Sindhu’s chances of winning gold at the 2020 Olympic Games. It is something no Indian badminton player — male or female — has managed. Of course, it cannot be taken for granted(स्वीकृत/दी गई), for the women’s field is remarkably strong; nor should Sindhu be put under pressure to deliver that gold medal. But there is no reason she should not be able(सक्षम) to finish on top of the podium in Tokyo, or indeed become the dominant(प्रमुख ) figure(आकृति) in women’s badminton as she enters what is expected(अपेक्षित ) to be the peak period of her career. Sindhu’s World Championships success will, it is hoped, also have a galvanising(प्रेरित करना) effect on women’s badminton in the country. Outside Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, the country does not have any woman shuttler in the top 60 of the BWF World rankings (for week 34); a new generation(पीढ़ी) of talent(प्रतिभा ) has to break through. In contrast(विपरीत), there are seven Indian men’s singles players in the top 41. Among them is B. Sai Praneeth, who reached the semifinals in Basel to become the first Indian man to clinch a singles medal at the Worlds in 36 years. Gopichand, India’s chief national coach, deserves(श्रेय ) enormous (असाधारण/बहुत बड़ा)credit for the country’s rise as a force in world badminton. Sindhu is his most successful protégé; she is well on the path to becoming the greatest woman athlete India has produced(प्रस्तुत/राह पर)

Important Vocabulary

1. Augurs (शुभ संकेत
Synonyms: diviner, forecaster, harbinger, herald, oracle

2. Battered(पस्त कर दिया/चकनाचूर
Synonyms: bash, beat, bruise, buffet, clobber
Antonyms: aid, assist, build, compliment, construct

Synonyms: , callous, ferocious, harsh, inhuman, merciless
Antonyms: calm, civilized, compassionate, courteous, easy

4. Deserves(श्रेय
Synonyms: earn, gain, get, justify, merit
Antonyms: fail, forfeit, lose, miss, pass

5. Dismantling(ध्वस्त/गिराना
Synonyms: break up, demolish, destroy, disassemble, raze
Antonyms: build, construct, create, repair, restore

6. Emphatically(प्रभाव से/ज़ोर के साथ)
Synonyms: absolutely, assuredly, certainly, decisively, distinctly
Antonyms: doubtfully, questionably, hesitantly, indecisively, indistinctly

7. Enormous (असाधारण/बहुत बड़ा)
Synonyms: colossal, gargantuan, gigantic, huge
Antonyms: common, insignificant, little, miniature, miniscule

8. Margin(लाभ)
Synonyms: edge, , limit, surplus, allowance, bound
Antonyms: center, inside, interior,. middle, core

9. Resounding(शानदार/गूंजना
Synonyms: earsplitting, electrifying, emphatic, forceful, loud
Antonyms: incomplete

10. Rival(प्रतिद्वंद्वी
Synonyms: competing, battling, combatant, combating, conflicting
Antonyms: assisting, associate, supporting

11. Temperament(स्वभाव)
Synonyms: attitude, complexion, ego, humor, idiosyncrasy
Antonyms: inability

12. Tossed(पटकना/फेंकना
Synonyms: bung, cast, chuck, chunk, fire

13. Tremendous(अद्भुत/आश्चर्यजनक)
Synonyms: amazing, astounding, awesome, colossal, dreadful
Antonyms: believable, common, commonplace, conventional, customary

14. Triumph(जीत)
Synonyms: celebration, joy, pride, elation, exultation
Antonyms: disaster, failure, forfeit, loss, sadness

15. Talent(प्रतिभा
Synonyms: art, capability, capacity, expertise, flair
Antonyms: ignorance, impotence, inability, incapacity, incompetence.


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