For the second year running, India’s badminton star PV Sindhu lost in the final of the World Badminton Championships. In 2017, she lost 19-21 22-20 20-22 in a thrilling three set match to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. And in 2018, she fell down meekly to Spain’s Carolina Marin, losing the final 19-21 10-21.
Following her defeat, the 23-year-old revealed her frustration of failing in the final hurdle. She said, “It is very frustrating to lose again. Last time also I had played the finals. It is quite sad and I have to come back stronger and get back to the sessions and prepare for the next tournament.”
The World No.2 ranked female shuttler also heaped praise on her opposite number Marin, who became the first to win the World Championships on three occasions. “Carolina has that speed and she is very aggressive. She played very fast and quick paced during the tournament. I was prepared for her pace game.
“I think overall, she played much better. If I could have won the first game it could have been different. In the second game, I made too many errors, my smashes were going out. I can just say it was not my day,” Sindhu added.
En route to the final, Sindhu enjoyed a great run as she caused a major upset of the tournament by avenging her revenge over the defending champion in the quarterfinals, in what was rematch of last year’s summit clash.
Ahead of this year’s final, Sindhu and Marin’s head-to-head record was currently tied at 6-6 with the Indian holding the edge in recent encounters. However, after her recent triumph the Spaniard seems to enjoy a better measure over her arch-rival.
After facing heartbreak in the summit clash for the second time, the Indian ace might have earned herself the the chokers tag after enduring losses in the in the Thailand Open, Hong Kong Open, Dubai Super Series Final, and the most recent being the BWF World Championships 2018.
However, India’s star shuttler will be looking to put her recent losses behind her and aim for a fresh start at the upcoming Asian games to be held in Indonesia next month.