A gain in PV’s loss

26 May,2024 06:08 AM IST |  Kuala Lumpur  |  PTI

After 21-16, 5-21, 16-21 defeat to World No. 7 Wang Zhi Yi, India’s World No. 15 shuttler says reaching Malaysia Masters final has given her lot of confidence

PV Sindhu (left) and champion Wang Zhi Yi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

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Top Indian shuttler PV Sindhu says she will take home a lot of positives and confidence despite losing the Malaysia Masters summit clash to China's World No. 7 Wang Zhi Yi here on Sunday.

Sindhu, who would aim for her third Olympic medal in Paris, looked on course for the title at 11-3 in the decider before a shocking meltdown saw her lose 21-16, 5-21, 16-21 in a 79-minute women's singles final.

"It's sad that I didn't get the result that I had expected. I should have pulled it off, maintaining the lead [in the decider], but there were really good rallies and she [Wang] also came back. Overall, I can say that it's been a very good match. It's a bit disappointing, but a lot of positives to take from this match and the whole tournament as well," said Sindhu ranked 15th in the world.

This was Sidhu's maiden entry into the finals after the Madrid Spain Masters in 2023 and the shuttler from Hyderabad, who trains at the Prakash Padukone Academy, said she was happy to reach this stage in a tournament.

Sindhu had last won the Singapore Open and Commonwealth Games gold in 2022 following which she grappled with a stress fracture on her left ankle, which sidelined her for nearly six months. She returned to the court in February last year.

"I am happy that I at least came to the finals, I played well. These matches will definitely give me a lot of confidence, but I could have won that. It's just not one of those days," she added.

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