PV Sindhu loses final

Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu fell to an agonizing loss in the final of Malaysia Masters in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, May 26.

May 26, 2024 - 15:49
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PV Sindhu loses final

Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu fell to an agonizing loss in the final of Malaysia Masters in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, May 26. The Indian superstar lost in a three-game battle against World No. 7 and second seed Wang Zhi Yi of China in the women’s singles final of the Super 500 event. Sindhu started with a win but eventually lost 21-16, 5-21, 16-21 in 79 minutes.

Sindhu's loss came after a good week of badminton in Kuala Lumpur. She had defeated top seed Hang Yue in the quarterfinal and pulled off a stunning comeback-from-behind win against her familiar foe Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the semi-finals.

In the final Sindhu was able to impose herself against her opponents better, playing more attacking badminton and moving wonderfully well on the court but that did not come off against the Badminton Asia champion.

PV Sindhu started off very well in the first game of the match. Dominated the net exchanges by intercepting the shuttle higher than usual and made things look easy. She finished the first game 21-16 with relative ease.

Things went spectacularly wrong for Sindhu in the second game of the match. The Indian was unable to control the drift in the court and was forced into errors on both sides of the court. The times that she was able to put the shuttle within the lines of the court, Sindhu failed to judge the clever mix of shots hit by Wang.

Sindhu started on the better side of the court in the third and final game. She knew that she needed to get as much buffer as she could before the mid-game court switch. Sindhu was supremely aggressive in the first few exchanges in the final game, rushing to the net and smashing her opponent. The commentators were wowed by her control close to the net as Sindhu never touched the barrier despite being ultra-aggressive.

Sindhu built a massive lead of 11-3 going into the interval of the final game. Wang ZY looked tired after punishing rallies where Sindhu's defense took a lot out of her. Credit to Sindhu, she managed her net game very well, defending in the front court against her tricky opponent, who mixed her shots very well.

Sindhu was however not able to build on her lead for more than 2 points and showed signs of tiring. ZY stored to level the final game 13-13 to put Sindhu in real pressure. Sindhu looked rattled as the stadium roared the name of Wang ZY for her superb comeback. Eventually, Wang ZY won the final game 21-16 to complete an incredible turnaround in the match.

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