Another heart break for Sindhu

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She lost Rio Olympic final, then Hong Kong Open final twice in 2017 and 2018, Super Series Final 2017, Indian Open and Thailand Open finals in 2018 and now this Golden Girl of Indian Badminton PV Sindhu once again fails to clinch World title as she lost to Carolina Marin of Spain 19-21, 10-21 in 46 minutes in the women’s singles final of the BWF World Badminton Championships 2018 at Nanjing, China on Sunday. Sindhu, lost in the finals last year also but then he r opponent was Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, whom she beat here in quarter finals. After the match Sindhu said, “It is frustrating to lose in the final again. I will have to come back stronger and prepare for the next tournament”.

First game was played on equal terms. Sindhu was moving quickly and compelling the Marin to commit mistakes. Her long serves and deep tosses making it difficult for the Marin to execute aggressive strokes. At one stage Sindhu was leading 14-9 this was the turning point. Here she let Marin off the hooks and gifted two points through unforced errors. This changed the whole scenario. Now Sindhu was dancing on her tune. The length of Sindhu’s parabolic tosses started falling short; this made the Spaniard to play her powerful smashes and deceptive drops quite easily. The focus Sindhu once lost could never be regained. This made the second game a one sided affair. Sindhu was never in the contention. Marin wrapped up the match by conceding 10 points only.          

This medal means Sindhu is the only Indian to have four world championship medals. Besides two silvers she had won two bronze medals at the 2013 Guangzhou and 2014 Copenhagen.

On the other hand it is another feather in the cap of Marin. With this win she has become the first women in the history of women badminton to win the world championships thrice – 2014, 2015 and 2018.