- Sindhu lost 15-21, 21-12, 21-19
- She took home the silver
- Yamaguchi was crowned champion
- The final lasted 94 minutes
The final of the BWF World Super Series was a treat to feast on for badminton lovers around the world. PV Sindhu and Akane Yamaguchi did full justice to the Championship winning match as they both played out a fiercely contested final matching each other blow for blow. In a marathon final that lasted 94 minutes, Yamaguchi came out victorious 15-21, 21-12, 21-19 to take gold. Despite the defeat, Sindhu won hearts all over the world as she kept the Indian flag flying high at the tournament and wrapped up a good year for herself with the silver medal.
After having dominated all her matches from the group stages to the semi-finals, Sindhu took on Yamaguchi looking to seal an impressive tournament with a win. She started strongly coming off the box with aggression which pegged back her opponent who was taken by surprise with Sindhu’s full-blooded intent. Sindhu dominated the set first which she went on to win 15-21 courtesy of superb first serves and excellent returns.
Yamaguchi was one who was not ready to go down easily. Her spirits were not hurt in the least after losing the first set as she altered her game quickly to adapt to Sindhu’s style. She walked all over the second set 21-12 as she gave Sindhu no chance to bounce back. With the match at 1-1, both the opponents went into the final set low on energy but high on the determination as both looked to win the final. The third set was just what we all wanted. With points being shared equally till the closing stages both ping-ponged rallies as the match stretched onto 94 minutes. Contested closely Yamaguchi just edged the set by two points to win by 21-19 and take home the final and with it the gold medal.
“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 (Nozomi) Okuhara,” Sindhu. “Yamaguchi’s style was more of the rally and I was prepared for it. I knew it would be a long match.” I will look to play next year with the same confidence and hope to go further”.
It was a very successful year for Sindhu who after entering four finals this year has carved her name into one of the best badminton players today. We wish her all the success and glory in her further hunt for titles.