PV Sindhu has ensured she will not end 2018 without a title by winning the BWF World Tour Finals, becoming the first Indian to lift a BWF season-ending crown.

The Indian shuttler beat Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-17 in a rematch of the 2017 World Championship final at Guangzhou, China on Sunday, 16 December.

World number six Sindhu kept herself ahead of the world number five ranked Okuhara in a largely neck-and-neck summit clash, to end a horror run in tournament finals this year.

The 23-year-old had finished second at five different tournaments through the year, including the World Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.

Victory hands Sindhu her 14th career title, but a first at a BWF World Tour event.

PTI