Top seed & World no.2 Akane Yamaguchi dished out a brilliant game of badminton to outclass the Olympic & World championship medalist PV Sindhu 15-21, 21-12, 21-19 in a thrilling final of BWF Dubai Finals 2017 that lasted for more than 90 minutes.
Despite winning the first set with ease, Sindhu failed to capitalize on it & went down fighting to her Japanese opponent in a nail-biting Final.
Sindhu became the first Indian in six years and the fourth Indian overall to reach the final of this prestigious event. The mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju made it to the summit clash in 2009 and two years after that, Saina Nehwal became the first singles player from the country to achieve that feat but none of them could taste glory in the final & it remained same for Sindhu as well.
Olympic silver medalist looked absolutely stunning in the whole tournament of BWF Dubai Finals 2017, after starting her campaign with a three-game win, she raised her level by several notches and secured wins in straight games in her next two assignments. Especially her dominating win over top seed Akane Yamaguchi in group stage was an indicator of her form. Knockouts were no different as she notched up one more win in straight sets against Chinese Chen Yufei. However, she couldn’t repeat her magic in the finals & went down fighting to Japanese Akane Yamaguchi.
In the first game, both the players had to battle hard for the points & it was World no.2 Akane Yamaguchi who got into the initial lead 8-5.
A long rally ensued at 8-7 which ended with Akane failing to reach for the shuttle. Japanese found the going tough after the the things got level at 8-8 as she struggled to control the shuttle to hand Sindhu a 11-8 lead at the break.
After the breather, Sindhu rode on the unforced errors of Yamaguchi to quickly open up a 20-13 lead with the help of six straight points. Yamaguchi tried to come back in the game by winning back to back points but it was too late & Sindhu clinched the first set by 21-15.
Sindhu started the second game on a bright note as she simply surged ahead to get into the lead with straight five points 5-0. However, Japanese was quick to to turn the tables & level the things at 8-8. Sindhu looked tired in the second game & it was all Yamaguchi’s show who sealed the game in quick interval by 21-12.
It was all same story in the decider game, Sindhu got off to a flying start with four straight point 4-0 but again Yamaguchi was quick to catch her & level the things 6-6. However, this time Sindhu kept herself calm & compose to get back into the lead 11-8 at the interval of crucial game.
But the see-saw battle continued & both players were back at level at crucial point of the decider 19-19 & it was Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi who controlled her nerves & win back to back two points to win the BWF Dubai Superseries 2017 Title.