PV Sindhu’s dream shattered once again, she lost to China’s Wang in the final of Malaysia Masters

Kuala Lumpur. India’s star badminton player PV Sindhu’s wait for a title that lasted for the last two years got longer as she lost to world number seven Wang Zhi Yi of China in the final of the Malaysia Masters here on Sunday. Two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu lost 21-16 5-21 16-21 despite taking a huge 11-3 lead in the deciding game of the 79-minute match that lasted three games. Wang made a brilliant comeback and won 18 out of the last 23 points to win the title.

Sindhu, ranked 15th in the world rankings, had earlier won the 2022 Singapore Open title and was the runner-up at the Madrid Spain Masters last year. If Sindhu, seeded fifth, had become the champion, it would have been icing on the cake, but this impressive performance in the journey to the final will boost her confidence a lot ahead of the Paris Olympics. This was her first final on a BWF Tour in more than a year. Sindhu managed to dominate most of the match against reigning Asian champion Wang, but she lost the rhythm after a break in the deciding game and Wang made a brilliant comeback to win.

Interestingly, Sindhu had won her last final against Wang in the Singapore Open. Although she lost to Wang in the Arctic Open last year, she had defeated the Chinese player twice in three matches before that. Sindhu has failed to defeat big players like Carolina Marin, Tai Tzu Ying, Chen Yu Fei and Akane Yamaguchi for a long time and she may face a tough challenge from these players in the Paris Olympics. Sindhu, who is returning to the game after recovering from a knee injury, will definitely gain confidence by reaching the final.

Sindhu will now challenge in the Singapore Open Super 750 tournament starting on Tuesday. This 28-year-old player from Hyderabad practices at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bengaluru. She would like to overcome the drawback of losing the match despite being in a winning position against Wang. Sindhu started fast in the final and there was a tough competition between the two players. Sindhu managed to take a 6-4 lead but Wang came back with two points. The Indian player kept the pressure on Wang by showing excellent defense, but the cross-court shot of the Chinese player from close to the net fell outside the line, due to which Sindhu took a lead of 11-9 till the break. She was able to increase this lead to 13-9 and then 17-10 with her impressive returns.

Taking advantage of the Indian player’s mistakes, Wang made the score 16-19 but then Sindhu managed to get four match points. Wang played the shuttle out of the court and Sindhu won the first game. Sindhu looked completely colorless in the second game. Wang took a 5-1 lead over her and then converted it into 11-3. Wang then managed to dominate completely by getting 16 game points. Sindhu had no answer to her smashes and cross shots, due to which she won the second game easily. In the deciding game, Sindhu managed to gain momentum with her aggressive play.

She took a 4-1 lead with a flurry of smashes. A fast rally between the two players ended with Sindhu’s cross court shot which helped her to take a 7-2 lead. At the time of the break, she had established a big lead of 11-3. Wang made a great comeback after the break and put pressure on Sindhu by winning two rallies that lasted for 55 and 56 shots. Sindhu was now making mistakes from both the baseline and the sideline and Wang regained her confidence with five consecutive points.

Sindhu stopped Wang’s streak of scoring points with a cross court shot but the Chinese player scored seven consecutive points this time to take a 15-13 lead in the match. Sindhu was now getting tired. Sindhu had played a tough semi-final match on Saturday which lasted for 83 minutes. Wang then scored six championship points. Sindhu was successful in saving two of them but the Chinese player won the title by capitalizing on the next point.

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