BWF World Superseries Finals and PV Sindhu
PV Sindhi Indian shuttle player missed out a chance to create history as she went down fighting against Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the pulsating summit clash of the season-ending BWF World Superseries Finals in Dubai on Sunday.
PV Sindhu would have become the first Indian player to win World Superseries Finals Title if she didn’t lose the game.
Yamaguchi exacted sweet revenge of her defeat to PV Sindhu in group match as she bounced back from a game down to register an exhausting 15-21, 21-21, 21-19 win over the Indian in a match that lasted 94 minutes.
On Saturday, PV Sindhu beat China’s Chen Yufei in the Semi-finals to emulate Saina Nehwal, who had reached the final in 2011 and mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju, who had ended runners-up in 2009.
The game was opened by PV Sindhu with 2-0 giving the opponent the chance later which turned to 2-5. Sindhu won a 33 shots rally to make it 8-8 and then Yamaguchi made an unforced error after another long rally of 31 shots to hand her opponent an advantage. The Indian player continued to have upper hand to go into the break with the 11-8 lead.
PV Sindhu earned 8 points from 5-8 to lead the first game to 13-8. Yamaguchi turned the table and reduced the gap to 1 point but Sindhu kept her nerve and held on to her advantage to seal the first game 21-15 in 23 minutes.
In the second game PV Sindhu was leading with 5-0 but Yamaguchi found her rhythm to level the terms and went into break with the valuable 11-9 advantage. The match after a break was tough for Sindhu as Yamaguchi continued to stay ahead and drew level by winning the second game 21-12 in 26 minutes and forced the match into the decider.
The final game which is the third game which decides the winner in a similar fashion racing to a 4-0 lead after getting better of Yamaguchi in two straight long rallies early in the game. Yamaguchi staged a comeback to make it 5-5. But PV Sindhu made it to 11-8 with a mid break. It was a neck and neck contest as both players pushed each other to their limits but in the end Yamaguchi grabbed the last game 21-19 who was declared the winner.