Rising star Ruthvika Shivani created the biggest upset stunning P V Sindhu in straight games to win the women’s singles gold medal with India bagging seven gold and five silver medals from the badminton event of the South Asian Games, here today.
Ruthvika, who clinched the Senior Nationals at her home town Vijaywada in February last year, registered the biggest win of her budding career, when she bounced back from a 8-11 deficit to win 21-11 22-20 in 36 minutes.
“I had never won a single game against her — forget about winning a match. It’s the most cherished win and I never expected this. These are tears of joy,” Ruthvika told PTI as she broke down in an emotional victory over Sindhu, who’s world No 12.
“We train together (at the Gopichand academy in Hyderabad) and know each other well. She’s amazing and is very strong physically but today I played better.”
Ranked 131 BWF World Rankings, Shivani aims to break into top 5 but for that it’s a long and gruelling road ahead.
Famed women’s duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa overcame some early hiccups against N Sikki Reddy and Maneesha Kukapalli before winning 21-9 21-17