PV Sindhu ends 2017 season with Silver in Dubai open, loses in finals after tough fight with Akane Yamaguchi

PV Sindhu once again lost a major tournament final by a whisker, this time to Akane Yamaguchi

Japanese shuttler Akane Yamaguchi beats PV Sindhu to win Dubai BWF World Super Series final. In a nerve-wracking affair which went right down to the wire, Yamaguchi managed to emerge victoriously. The first two sets of the game turned out to be one-sided with Sindhu winning the first one by 21-15 and Yamaguchi winning the second by 21-12. In the third set, both the shuttlers exhibited exemplary fitness standards. However, in the end, Yamaguchi won the game by 21-19 as Sindhu made a few unforced errors.

The third set was a tiring one as both Sindhu and Yamaguchi were left gasping for breath after long rallies. Yamaguchi tried to attack at every opportunity as Sindhu tried to defend her ferocious smashes.

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Surprisingly, Sindhu’s coach Pullela Gopichand was giving instructions and cheering for her in the final moments of the game. But Sindhu could not put the final nail in the coffin as she lost the third set by just 2 points after a set that was played neck-to-neck.

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Well, this is not the first time Sindhu has finished as the runner-up of the tournament. She bagged a silver medal in Rio Olympics 2016 losing to Spain’s Carolina Marin. She lost to Nozomi Okuhara in the final of Japan Open in a match which is considered as one of the best matches in the history of badminton.