Indian ace shuttler PV Sindhu lost her second straight final at the World Championships after going down fighting against her old rival Carolina Marin on Sunday. The Spaniard was on top of her game as she once again got better of Sindhu in a major event final. Marin had won gold at the Rio Olympics after defeating Sindhu in the final of the women’s singles event.
At the World Championships which concluded today in Nanjing, China, she outwitted the Indian with her brilliant attacking display. She wrapped up the victory in straight sets 19-21, 10-21 taking just 46 minutes. After losing her second straight final at the Worlds Sindhu said it was frustrating to miss out on the gold yet again but reckoned that she would bounce back stronger in the upcoming tournaments.
“It is very frustrating to lose again. Last time also I had played in the finals. It is quite sad and I have to come back stronger and get back to the sessions and prepare for the next tournament,” a dejected Sindhu was quoted as saying by the PTI.
Sindhu now has a total of four medals at the World Championships but is yet to bite gold. She won bronze medals in 2013 and 2014 respectively before settling for silver in 2017 after losing to Nozomi Okuhara in the final. She has now lost total eight finals since 2016 including her defeat at the Rio Olympics.
“Carolina has that speed and she is very aggressive. She played very fast and quick paced during the tournament. I was prepared for her pace game,” Sindhu said about Marin’s performance.
She also accepted that her performance in the final was the second best, concluding that it wasn’t her day at Nanjing. “I think overall, she played much better. If I could have won the first game it could have been different. In the second game, I made too many errors, my smashes were going out. I can just say it was not my day,” Sindhu said.
Sindhu and Marin were locked in a neck-to-neck battle in the first set with the Rio Olympic champion claiming the set after a flurry of points towards the end. In the second set, Marin absolutely outclassed the Indian with her aggressive play and never let the game slip away from her hands. She now has become the first woman shuttler to win the World Championships thrice. She had earlier won gold at the 2014 and 2015 events.