Silver lining for PV Sindhu in Dubai

Updated: Dec 18, 2017, 11:50 IST | IANS | Dubai

Indian star shuttler PV Sindhu lost to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the women's singles final of the season-ending BWF World Superseries Finals here yesterday

Indian star shuttler PV Sindhu lost to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the women's singles final of the season-ending BWF World Superseries Finals here yesterday. Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu lost a hard-fought battle 21-15, 12-21, 19-21 in an hour and 34 minutes to world No.2 Yamaguchi at the Hamdan Sports Complex. With this win, the Japanese improved her head-to-head record against Sindhu to 3-5. Sindhu came into the match on the back of four consecutive wins, including a 21-9, 21-13 dominating victory over Yamaguchi.

Akane Yamaguchi and PV Sindhu with their respective BWF World Super Series Finals trophies and medals in Dubai yesterday. Pic/AFP
Akane Yamaguchi and PV Sindhu with their respective BWF World Super Series Finals trophies and medals in Dubai yesterday. Pic/AFP

The way Sindhu ran away with the first game with a 21-15 triumph, it seemed to be easy for the three-time World Championships medallist. In the second game, Sindhu charged ahead to 4-0 but Yamaguchi fought back. Her quick game put pressure on Sindhu which resulted in the latter committing multiple errors. Yamaguchi equalised at the eight-point mark and there was no looking back for her. Sindhu lacked concentration especially in receiving service from Yamaguchi, who didn't give the lanky Indian space to go for the winners.

At 16-10 in favour of the Japanese, Sindhu apparently surrendered the second game, deciding to save her energy for the third and deciding game. In the decider, Sindhu jumped to a 4-0 lead to throw the challenge to Yamaguchi — which the Japanese accepted and coolly notched up point after point to equalise at the five-point mark. At 19-all, Sindhu effected a slow service to which the Japanese responded with a powerful bodyline blow, and in the next one, Sindhu failed to respond to a sharp service, as Yamaguchi triumphed.

It was India's third medal in the season-ending tournament after Saina Nehwal (2011) and the mixed doubles pair of V Diju and Jwala Gutta (2009).

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