2017 Yearender: The sports desk's picks - 18 of our favourite moments

Battling heroines

Japanese seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara saluting the crowd after winning her titanic battle against fourth seed P.V. Sindhu of India 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 at the BWF Badminton World Championships in Glasgow in August.
Japanese seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara saluting the crowd after winning her titanic battle against fourth seed P.V. Sindhu of India 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 at the BWF Badminton World Championships in Glasgow in August.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

It was everything sport should be. Testing, terrific. Long, lung-busting. Technical, tactical. Sweating, staring. Silent, serious. No sulking, only 70-shot rallies. Then maybe a 56-shot one. The 1.55m Japanese lunging backwards. The 1.79m Indian lunging low. For 110 minutes and 124 points. Quite simply the best stringed contest all year came at the women's final of the badminton World Championships in August. P.V. Sindhu fought, Nozomi Okuhara won, people cheered. So did girls everywhere. They'd found the rugged heroines that they need.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 30, 2017, with the headline 'Battling heroines'. Print Edition | Subscribe