21.36 IST: For the first time, two Indian flags were raised at the World Championships and Sindhu and Saina stood right there to make it happen.Screengrab 21.34 IST: While Okuhara gets the gold medal, the Indian badminton queens, Sindhu and Saina, both stand on the podium with a silver and a bronze medal respectively.Screengrab 21.29 IST: Two silver medals for India in two consecutive World Championships by the two stars of Indian badminton — Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu.21.26 IST: Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour, who lost in the quarter-final to Saina Nehwal, has words of appreciation for Sindhu and Okuhara.This has to go down as one of the best matches in history. Incredible!! ?????????@Pvsindhu1 @nozomi_o11- Kirsty Gilmour (@KirstyGilmourr) August 27, 201721.22 IST: Okuhara manages to crack down Sindhu in an hour and 50 minutes to win the decider 22-20 and the championship.After an incredible match, Nozomi Okuhara takes Women’s Singles GOLD!Silver for P V SindhuBronze for Saina Nehwal Bronze for Chen Yufei pic.twitter.com/kUHCeXicPI- 2017BWC (@2017BWC) August 27, 201721.16 IST: And while Okuhara took the match point, Sindhu levelled it back to make it 20-20.Sindhu saves it!Sindhu 20-20 Okuhara. She has saved a championship point. Can’t get better than this! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201721.14 IST: While the players catch their breath, a little piece of information — this is the longest match of the tournament as it has already been 106 minutes into the match.21.14 IST: Okuhara pushes Sindhu to the corners once more and level the game at 19-19. This is so tense!advertisement21.11 IST: Okuhara shot at the frontcourt goes wide and she challenges only for the hawk eye to substantiate the call of the line judge. Sindhu leads 19-17.Sindhu has a lead of 2 points now! Vital, vital lead.2 points away from creating history! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201721.10 IST: A strong push at Nozomi and Sindhu takes the return early for a drop shot to make it 18-17.21.09 IST: Sindhu reads Okuhara well at the net and wins a point, only for Okuhara to target her backhand side on the next rally and level the game at 17-17.21.06 IST: An hour and 37 minutes into the match, Sindhu and Okuhara are still level at 16-16.Every point is fought valiantly.Sindhu 16 – 16 Okuhara. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201721.04 IST: This is getting really tense, both players look out of breath and are picking a point each. The scoreline reads 15-15.21.02 IST: That’s another long rally — 42 shots and Sindhu wins that as Okuhara hits the net. It’s 13-13.92 minutes into the match! PV Sindhu is back level to 13-13 against Okuhara. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.59 IST: Sindhu uses her second challenge as well and has no challenge remaining now. The scoreline reads 12-12.20.57 IST: Okuhara claws back after the break and level the game 11-11. The game is swinging like a pendulum.20.52 IST: At the change of ends in the decider, Sindhu leads 11-9. The match is as close as it can be.Sindhu has the upper hand at the change of sides.Leading 11-9 against Okuhara. Way to go, champ! ??? #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.49 IST: Some shift in momentum, Sindhu seems to be taking control. Two attacking strokes from her gets her two points, leads 9-7.20.45 IST: All the intense action seems to be tiring the players but none are giving in. The chair umpire is constantly asking the players to keep playing as they try to catch breath.20.42 IST: Sindhu pulls back two more points, targetting the right back-court corner of Okuhara, trails 4-5.4 points in a row for PV Sindhu. Hits a body smash to draw level. 5-5 against Okuhara. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.39 IST: Another brilliant rally and excellent reactions yet again from Sindhu help her keep pace, trails 2-5.Sindhu breaks Okuhara’s rhythm. A lightning quick return to make it 2-5. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.36 IST: Okuhara is targetting Sindhu’s corners and her angled shots are doing the trick, leads 3-1 in the decider.20.33 IST: What an extraordinary rally, 73 shots! The players took each other out at all corners of the court but Sindhu’s drop shot at the net wins her the second game 22-20.Breath-taking. Nerve-wrecking!.@Pvsindhu1 wins the rally of the match to win the second game 22-20 against Okuhara. ?? #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.28 IST: Exquisite net play by Okuhara! She’s just putting out her best out there. Three game point opportunities for Sindhu gone and it’s 20-20.advertisementOkuhara saves 2 game points to make it 20-20 against Sindhu. This is so close! ?? #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.27 IST: Quality net play from Okuhara, pulls back two points to make it 19-20.20.26 IST: Extraordinary net shot from Sindhu, wins a vital points and leads 19-17 in the second game.20.25 IST: Okuhara is keeping up, not letting Sindhu win any easy point. Sindhu leads 18-16.Sindhu wins a vital point. Okuhara was catching up. Wins another intense rally to make it 18-16. Inching ever so close! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.23 IST: Okuhara is sending back an extra shuttle every time and that’s troubling Sindhu, trails 16-17.20.21 IST: Yet another net fault from Okuhara and Sindhu maintains her lead at 17-14.20.18 IST: So many unbelievable returns from Okuhara in that last rally but finally mistimes it at the net. And that’s the longest rally of the match with 43 shots in it. Sindhu is leading 16-13. Okuhara was beaten at her own game on that point! 16-13.PV Sindhu now has a 3 point advantage! What. A. Rally! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.16 IST: Brilliant reflexes from Sindhu and a lucky point gives her a 14-13 lead.Another excellent return at the net. Sindhu has won that point fair and square! 14-13! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.15 IST: Three straight smashes from Sindhu to finish off the point, cuts Okuhara’s one-point lead to make it 13-13.20.13 IST: And yet again, Okuhara has drawn level at 12-12.20.11 IST: Brilliant exchange at the net and a excellent piece of defending from Sindhu, leads 12-9.An extraordinary return from PV Sindhu!Leads 12-9! Splendid reflexes! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.10 IST: Bad judgement from Sindhu and Okuhara takes the first point after the break, trails 9-11.20.09 IST: Good movement from Sindhu and control over her shots has given her a lead of 11-8 at the break.20.05 IST: Okuhara is keeping close, looking strong in long rallies, trails 7-9.Okuhara is clawing her way back.7-9 against Sindhu. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201720.02 IST: Even though Okuhara is fighting back, Sindhu looks in control at the moment tossing up the shuttle well, leads 7-3.Photo Credit: Badminton Scotland 20.00 IST: Sindhu seems to have found control after the loss in the first game, leads 5-1.19.58 IST: Sindhu starts the second game strongly taking two points straight away, leads 2-0.19.55 IST: And Okuhara closes in the first game 21-19. Sindhu will have to come from behind to win the gold medal now.Photo Credit: Reuters 19.53 IST: Another long rally and Sindhu hits the net to gift the game point to Okuhara.19.51 IST: And Sindhu has drawn level at 18-18.19.50 IST: Sindhu is fighting back, two points on the trot to reduce Okuhara’s lead to 18-16.2 errors from Okuhara. Sindhu coming back now.16-18. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201719.47 IST: Okuhara has stormed right back and is taking charge, leads 16-14.advertisementAnd now, the Japanese in the lead.Makes it 16-14 against Sindhu. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201719.45 IST: Sindhu is trying to play a little closer to the net and is making errors. She has given away two points in the same manner and the scoreline is close with Sindhu leading 14-13.19.44 IST: Okuhara is fighting back after the break but Sindhu is back as Okuhara makes an error at the net. The scoreline reads 14-11.Photo Credit: Reuters 19.41 IST: Okuhara is looking to attack early and not let Sindhu settle into the rallies. She takes two points to make it 13-9.19.40 IST: Okuhara picks two straight points after the break to make it 7-11 only for Sindhu to smash her way to 12-7.19.36 IST: Sindhu is dominating the proceedings now. She’s into early attacks and is targetting the near court. From 3-5 down, Sindhu is now leading 11-5 at the break.PV Sindhu goes into the break with a 6 point lead.11-5 at the break against Okuhara. Wins 8 points on a trot! #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 2017Photo Credit: Reuters 19.34 IST: It’s the cross-court angled smash once again and Okuhara falls short. Sindhu takes the lead at 6-5.19.33 IST: It looks like nerves! Sindhu makes a service error to give a point to Okuhara and the Japanese takes the next point at the net. The scoreline reads 5-3.19.31 IST: At 2-3, Okuhara challenges Sindhu’s smash and an unsuccessful challenge makes it 3-3.That was in! Sindhu draws level to make it 3-3 against Okuhara.Fabulous cross court smash. #2017BWC FINAL- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201719.29 IST: Okuhara picks the first point of the match as Sindhu sends the shuttle wide but the Indian equalises right away.19.28 IST: Sindhu has begun the proceedings, she’s the first to serve.19.25 IST: Sindhu has been as high as world No. 2 while Okuhara’s highest rank has been No. 3.19.24 IST: Sindhu is welcomed to the arena with a round of applause.Rousing applause as PV Sindhu comes on court! The moment is here, India! #2017BWC- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201719.22 IST: Sindhu and Okuhara are walking into the court.19.16 IST: Denmark gets a bronze, Japan gets a bronze and silver medal and China tops them all with a gold medal.19.12 IST: The medal ceremony for the women’s doubles of the World Championships has begun.19.09 IST: The moment is inching closer and closer.In a few minutes from now, PV Sindhu will take the court against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. A World Championship GOLD is on the cards! #2017BWC- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201719.08 IST: The crowd erupted as China won the first gold of the 2017 World Championships.The crowd erupts when China wins the first Gold of #2017BWC!!!! pic.twitter.com/GTjcYNYB3k- 2017BWC (@2017BWC) August 27, 201719.04 IST: The Chinese have done it! Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan are the world champions, beat Japan’s Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota 21-18, 17-21, 21-15.Photo Credit: Reuters 19.02 IST: The Japanese are fighting back in the women’s doubles final, it’s 20-15 in favour of the Chinese.19.00 IST: We are just minutes away.Tick, tick, tick. ?? It is the final countdown!P V Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara will battle it out for the ultimate glory. #2017BWC FINAL pic.twitter.com/JFmAbDZcAt- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) August 27, 201718.56 IST: Chen and Jia are leading 17-9, only a massive fightback from the Japanese can delay Sindhu’s match now.18.49 IST: The Chinese have a massive 11-4 lead at the break in the decider of women’s doubles final and that gets Sindhu closer to the court.18.48 IST: Sindhu’s strength lies in the attacking prowess while Okuhara is a patient player. It should be an interesting battle.Photo Credit: Reuters 18.37 IST: The Japanese Fukushima and Hirota have taken the women’s doubles final to the decider with a 21-17 win in the second game. The wait for Sindhu’s match continues!18.34 IST: In the four World Championships that Sindhu has played, she has defeated six Chinese players, two of them being Sun Yu and Chen Yufei this year. A sparkling clean record against the nation that dominates the world of badminton.Photo Credit: Reuters 18.26 IST: Okuhara beat Saina in the semi-final through long rallies and Sindhu will need to put up a patient display against the fighting Japanese.Photo Credit: Reuters 18.22 IST: China’s Chen and Jia are leading 11-8 at the break in the second game. Looks like Sindhu’s match is minutes away.18.20 IST: Just like Rio Olympics, Pullela Gopichand will be by Sindhu’s side along with national coach for singles Mulyo Handoyo.Photo Credit: BAI Twitter 18.15 IST: In the women’s doubles final, Chinese pair of Chen and Jia have won the first game 21-18 while Fukushima and Hirota are leading 5-4 in the second game. PV Sindhu’s final will be up after the women’s doubles.Photo Credit: Reuters 18.10 IST: Okuhara reached the final after two tough wins over Saina Nehwal in semi-final and defending champion Carolina Marin, who beat Sindhu in Rio Olympics for gold, in the quarter-final.18.00 IST: Sindhu has a 3-3 head-to-head record against Okuhara but the last two times that the two have met, Sindhu has beaten the Japanese. First in Rio Olympics semi-final in 2016 21-19, 21-10 and then at the 2017 Singapore Super Series 10-21, 21-15, 22-20.Nozomi Okuhara in action against Saina Nehwal in semi-final of World Championships (Reuters photo) 17.50 IST: Saina Nehwal won the silver medal at the previous edition of the World Championships and today, Sindhu has the chance to win India’s first gold at the prestigious event.PV Sindhu has a chance to make history. Let’s rally behind her as the champ takes on Nozomi Okuhara later in the day. #2017BWC ?? pic.twitter.com/93Js7ExDX4- BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 201717.40 IST: The women’s doubles final has begun. This match will be followed by Sindhu’s match.First game of the Finals has begun: Cheng & Jia (China) v Fukushima & Hirota (Japan) #2017bwc- 2017BWC (@2017BWC) August 27, 201717.35 IST: The stage is set for the 2017 Badminton World Championships and the first match of the day will be women’s doubles between Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan (China) and Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (Japan).The stage is set.Who’s excited for the #2017BWC Finals? ??? pic.twitter.com/8EBIxueXhJ BadmintonScot (@BadmintonScot) August 27, 2017Brief Preview:PV Sindhu is hoping to win India’s first World Championship gold and standing in her way is Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. Nozomi Okuhara defeated India’s Saina Nehwal 12-21, 21-17, 21-10 whereas Sindhu saw out China’s Chen Yu Fei 21-13 21-10 in their respective semi-finals. (Also Read: Saina Nehwal pleased with her performance after settling for bronze at World Championships)Late on Saturday night, PV Sindhu completely outplayed her 19-year-old Chinese opponent in just 48 minutes.The name of PV Sindhu is etched in the minds of every Indian after the then 21-year-old from Hyderabad won silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics.A slew of ‘recognition ceremonies’ and endorsement deals with huge contracts followed.Experts of the game raised doubts over her ability to sustain her performance and more importantly her performance post the highs of the Olympics but she proved all her critics wrong with continued dominance on the court in the past year.In the ongoing year, she has won 18 off her 22 games and quite comprehensively qualified for the Badminton World Championships in Glasgow. At the World Championships, after a first round bye, she made quick of her Korean opponent Kim Hyo Min in the second round beating her 21-16, 21-14.The twice bronze medal winner at World Championships was made to work hard for her win in the third round and came from behind to win the match against Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong.Sindhu took an hour and 27 minutes to fight off the 13th seed 19-21, 23-21, 21-17. She overcame China’s Sun Yu 21-14 21-9 with relative ease in just 39 minutes in the quarter-finals.Her previous best performance at the World Championships was winning back-to-back bronze medals in 2013 and 2014.