Sindhu settles for silver 

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Dec 2017 11:22:24



Dubai Super Series final

INDIAN ace PV Sindhu suffered yet another painful loss in a high-stake final, going down fighting against World No 2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in a pulsating women’s singles title clash of the Dubai Super Series Final here on Sunday.
In the prestigious season-ending tournament finale, Sindhu played her heart out before losing 21-15, 12-21, 19-21 to 20-year-old Yamaguchi in an energy-sapping battle that lasted an hour and 34 minutes.

“It has been a good year and I ended the year with another good tournament and won a silver. I will look to playing next year with the same confidence and hope to go further,” Sindhu said after the match.

The 22-year-old Indian came agonisingly close to clinching the title before finishing runner-up once again in her third major tournament, following last year’s Rio Olympics and this year’s Glasgow World Championship.
In scenes similar to the World Championship final in August, the summit clash here went down to the wire as the duo engaged in a battle of attrition but in the end it was Yamaguchi who showed better nerves.

“I was not thinking about the longest match but then after the match, it left me with a bad feeling that it was just like the match against Okuhara,” said Sindhu, who had finished as runner-up at Hong Kong Open as well in November.
“Yamaguchi’s style was more of rally and I was prepared for it. I knew it would be a long match.”
Playing her fourth final of the season, Sindhu logged the first point with a magnificent down the line smash.
However, a couple of unforced errors and a wrong judgement at the baseline allowed Yamaguchi to make it 3-2.

A lucky net chord gave another point to the Japanese. However, Sindhu unleashed a superb cross court smash to draw parity at 5-5. The Indian went wide next and another lucky net chord saw Yamaguchi open a 7-5 lead. The Japanese produced another cross court return to gain another point before Sindhu grabbed six straight points to enter the break with a three point advantage.

After the interval, Sindhu moved to 13-8.
Yamaguchi grabbed three points, which included a successful video referral, to narrow the lead to 11-14.
With the racquet then slipping out of Sindhu’s hand and she finding the net, Yamaguchi breathed down her neck at 13-14.

The Japanese, however, hit wide next and Sindhu unleashed two sensational returns, including a quick return on serve, to once again open up a five-point cushion. The Indian finally earned seven game point opportunities with a quick smash near the court.