“It left me with a bad feeling that it was just like the match against Okuhara”, these were the words of Indian ace PV Sindhu after losing the thrilling final of BWF Dubai Superseries Finals 2017.
Overall, it was a wonderful performance from Olympic Silver medalist Sindhu, she looked exceptionally well in the tournament but yet another painful loss in a high-stake final left her & the Indian fans heartbroken.
Sindhu went down fighting to top seed & World no.2 Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in a three set thriller 21-15 12-21 19-21 which lasted for 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 play next year with the same confidence and hope to go further,” Sindhu said after the final match of Dubai World Superseries Final 2017.
The 22-year-old Indian has come so close to win three prestigious events but at the end stage of all three events she went out of luck.
Finals lost by PV Sindhu :
Olympics Final (Rio Olympics 2016) – Lost to Carlina Marin (Spain) 19-21, 21-12, 21-15
World Championship 2017 Finals : Lost to Nozomi Okuara (Japan) 21-19, 20-22, 22-20
BWF Dubai Superseries Finals 2017 : Lost to Akane Yamaguchi (Japan) 15-21, 21-12, 21-19
2017 Indian Nationals final: Lost to Saina Nehwal at 17-21, 25-27
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.”
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.
Sindhu knew that the 20-year-old Japanese powerhouse had played well within herself in group stages of BWF Dubai Finals 2017, and saved her energy for the projected tough semi-final against Ratchanok Intanon (which she won with a 21-19 score in the decider, after being 14-18 down at one point) and the equally difficult title round.
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.
However, she couldn’t repeat her magic in the finals & went down fighting to Japanese Akane Yamaguchi.
In final match of BWF Dubai Superseries 2017, Sindhu started the match on a high, winning the first set comfortably by 21-15 & it looked like she has carried the momentum from Friday’s win over the Japanese.
But Yamaguchi was quick to to turn the tables & level the things after 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 Superseies Finals 2017 Title.