At the World Badminton Championships, Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu fought brilliantly against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara but the young shuttler said it was just not her day.
The final match saw Sindhu lose to Okuhara and settle for a silver. The match was termed as one of the best matches in world badminton and continued for one hour and 49 minutes. The match was a stunning one and for quite a long time both the players had equal chances of winning the match, but Okuhara edged out the Indian at Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday.
Sindhu took full advantage of her height and jump smashes and managed to clinch the first game and maintained the lead till first 14 points. Overpowering the long rallies, the Japanese levelled the lead soon with her strong stamina and won the first game 21-19.
The second set also started off in favor of Sindhu, and managed to take the score to 11-8 till the break. But she trailed in the other half and Okuhara soon brought down the lead and caught Sindhu on 12.
Catching up in the game, Sindhu managed three game point opportunities, but failed to convert all. In a hard fought rally, she finally succeeded in turning the second game in her favour 22-20.
Struggling physically in the last game, Sindhu started to lose, giving the lead to the Japanese. Taking hold of the game again, the Indian player ended the first half 11-9.
Showing some best badminton, the players took the last game to 20-20. But Sindhu went down in the decider 22-20.
“It was a good match because it was anybody’s game and it was not just my day,” Sindhu said during the press conference after her return to India on Tuesday.
“From the first point, there were long rallies. It was not something that I could have consumed energy. There was nothing as such that I could have played in the last. Every rally was equally tough,” she added.
Sindhu, who has been in a rampaging form ever since her Rio Olympics final defeat to Spain’s Carolina Marin, had earlier clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title at China Open last year before winning the India Super Series in April. She also won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold January.